Ransomware gives way to miners as cyber criminals follow the money

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Cyber criminals have started using sophisticated infection methods and techniques borrowed from targeted attacks in order to install mining software on attacked PCs within organizations says Kaspersky Lab. Some 2.7 million users have been attacked by malicious miners in 2017, according to Kaspersky’s data. That’s around 50 percent higher than in 2016 (1.87 million). But at the same time ransomware attacks have seen a decline. Spikes in cryptocurrency values have made these attacks lucrative. Users have been falling victim as a result of adware, cracked games and pirated software used by cyber criminals to secretly infect their PCs. Kaspersky reckons the…

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