Security researchers discovered that roughly half a billion people visit websites that secretly run cryptocurrency mining scripts every month.
Security researchers reported that threat actors have been targeting vulnerable servers to mine for cryptocurrency since about May 2017.
IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) detected a sixfold increase in attacks involving embedded CPU mining tools between January and August 2017.
Threat actors are reviving exploit kits to deliver cryptocurrency miners through malvertising campaigns. The Neptune exploit kit mines for Monero.
A Cerber ransomware update adds new exploits, which allows it to steal wallet files. It then tries to steal saved passwords from browsers.
The protocol targets PCs with SMB vulnerabilities and runs a Monero cryptocurrency miner. Its infection rate peaked in April, totaling at 100,000 systems.