The number of viruses miners has increased seven times – McAfee

Число вирусов-майнеров выросло в семь раз - McAfee

As growth in the value of cryptocurrencies, cybercriminals are increasingly engaged in the development of virus-miners

Victims of viruses miners are not only regular users, but entire companies, including the electric car manufacturer Tesla.

In January-March of 2018 was recorded at 2.9 million kinds of viruses that infects a computer and secretly uses his power for mining cryptocurrency. This is stated in the study by McAfee.

In the previous quarter, the number of such viruses was only 400 thousand, that is three months, the index jumped 7.3 times.

Victims of viruses miners are not only regular users, but entire companies, including the electric car manufacturer Tesla and the insurer Aviva. They do not carry direct material losses, but their information systems may be significantly slowed down due to the lack of capacity occupied by the virus.

“As growth in the value of cryptocurrencies, cybercriminals are increasingly engaged in the development of virus-miners and the theft of cryptocurrency,” notes chief technology officer McAfee Steve Grobman.

Earlier, first Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv instructed to introduce mining (mining crypto currencies) in the classification of economic activities (KVED).

 

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