There are several reasons why crypto jacking has overtaken ransomware in popularity among hackers and will still be around and spreading in 2019.
For those who don’t know studies showed that crypto jacking has increased 400% during 2018. Cybersecurity researchers discovered that crypto jackers are now using malware scripts to access people’s computers to mine cryptocurrencies.
From all this malicious growth crypto jacking is one of the more serious threat. Many companies and users are seeing crypto jacking as nothing more than an annoyance, but this is completely wrong.
A crypto jacking malware is not just an annoying little malware because first, it managed to got into your network meaning that any other threat could reach it too. Second, crypto-jacking malware is slowing down your antimalware software and breaking down your firewall by communicating with C&C.
In addition, crypto jacking will become a bigger threat în time because can be updated with ransomware and other malware.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.