ThreatList: Cryptominers Dominate Malware Growth in 2018

The number of cryptomining attacks increased by more than 83 percent in the past year, with more than 5 million people attacked with the malware in the first three quarters of 2018. That’s compared to 2.7 million people over the same period in 2017, according to stats from Kaspersky Lab.

The firm’s research also found that cryptomining attacks increased steadily during the first half of the year, peaking in March, when around 1.2 million users faced an attack. Kaspersky Lab researchers found that drivers behind this ramp aren’t necessarily the most obvious: The analysis revealed that neither cryptocurrency legislation nor the falling cost of power has a significant impact on the spread of malicious cryptominers.

Read more about the findings of the new research on Threatpost.