After gaining momentum in mid-2017, we have seen a worldwide boom of digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies have become synonymous with ransomware attacks, but now cybercriminals have discovered another way to make money - mining cryptocurrencies.
Cryptomining is no easy feat, requiring immense computing power to be successful. This is due in part to blockchain technology that is the cornerstone of cryptocurrencies’ impenetrable defence and anonymity, using complex algorithms to create and authenticate the currency.
The kind of computing power hackers need to solve these algorithms and successfully mine cryptocurrencies is the equivalent of that of large technology companies. To gather that much power cybercriminals are using malware to hack into devices and use them to trawl the web, consuming their resources to mine cryptocurrencies.
An alarming number of online users are falling prey to a new wave of cyber attacks called cryptopjacking...
11 Sep 2018
Cybercriminal’s can use a number of attacks methods to get into your device virtually unnoticed, including infected websites, unpatched vulnerabilities, Phishing and unsecured IoT devices.
How will you know if your device has been compromised?
One of the first indications of cryptojacking malware infection is unusually high electricity consumption. Users should also take note of a serious slowdown of the device.
How can you protect against Cryptojacking?
“The kinds of advanced cyber threats we face today have the potential to cripple organisations. To combat these threats business leaders need to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that includes next-generation EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) technology to provide visibility and control of the network, as well as developing policies and procedures that govern user behaviour” says Jeremy Matthews, regional manager at Panda Security Africa
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Cybercriminals are really scary. We really need to become careful in using crypto. I am so grateful that CryptoManiaks provided free course for beginners like me to learn more about cryptocurrencies and blockchain.