In line with a recent research ‘published‘, Crypto mining malware can be blamed for less of the availability of altcoin Monero [XMR] in circulation than antecedently thought.
This analysis research revealed is through the joint efforts by the researchers at King’s College London along with Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, the study analyzed major swathes of malware over a period of 1 year.
“In this paper, we conduct the major measurement of crypto-mining malware till date, analyzing around 4.4 Mln malware samples [1 Mln malicious miners],” authors Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil ensure.
As per their calculations, Monero [XMR], that continues to be a ‘favourite‘ target for malicious mining operations, has an illegal supply of around 4.36 % — or roughly $56 Mln in profits.
The figure is somewhat below the roughly 5% mentioned as an estimate in previous analysis revealed earlier in ‘June‘ last year.
Nonetheless, Pastrana and Suarez-Tangil say their numbers broadly resemble to existing theories concerning the extent of Monero’s mining malware issues.
“One of the major reasons of the success of this criminal business is its comparatively low value and high returns of investment,” they added.
“…Our profit analysis is additionally reliable than those made in studies. Our findings complement these studies, corroborating that illicit crypto-mining is on a hike and sophisticated threat that needs effective countermeasures and intervention approaches.”
As previously reported, the privacy-focused traits of XMR mean that it’s the choice of asset for covert mining. Anonymous actors inject code into websites, apps and extensions that once activated begins employing a victim’s device to mine the altcoin.
Even in Oct., Google proclaimed tighter restrictions on extensions in its ‘Chrome‘ web-store as a part of its efforts to combat these kind of problems.