Cryptomining malware tops January’s ‘most wanted’ list

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Malware seeking to steal processor time for crypto currency mining continues to be a problem, with 23 percent of organizations globally affected by a Coinhive variant in January. These findings come from a study by Check Point which discovered three different variants of cryptomining malware in its top 10 most prevalent listing, with Coinhive ranking first. Coinhive performs online mining of the Monero cryptocurrency when a user visits a web page. It uses implanted JavaScript that uses the computational resources of the user’s machine to mine coins, impacting system performance. In addition to cryptominers, Check Point researchers also discovered that…

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