The other day, McAfee Labs presented a report that noted a significant increase in the number of attacks using hidden miners. According to experts, in the first quarter of 2019, the number of such attacks increased by 29% compared to the same period last year.
According to the researchers, both Microsoft Windows and Apple’s macOS are equally susceptible to virus attacks. In turn, Windows users usually infect their devices through vulnerabilities in the PowerShell automation tool.
Most often, the object for such hidden miners is the Monero cryptocurrency (XMR).
Experts also note that virus programs are often not limited to one computer, and once they get to the server they try to infect all participants.
Specialists focused on the cookieMiner malware for macOS, which is aimed at stealing users’ personal data. McAfee Labs experts are sure that the cryptocurrency companies such as Binance, Bitstamp, Bittrex, Coinbase, MyEtherWallet and Poloniex were the objects of attacks of this virus.
McAfee experts also note that despite the fact that cybercriminals are still using phishing attacks, companies that have open remote access points, such as RDP or virtual network computing (VNC), are increasingly victims of scammers. RDP credentials can be hacked, obtained as a result of a password leak, or simply bought in clandestine markets.