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McAfee: Number of cybercrime attacks skyrocketed


06/28/2018


The anti-virus software developer McAfee reported a sharp increase in malicious programs that are secretly installed on computers and other devices for the crypto currency. As a result of the first quarter, the amount of malicious software of this type recorded by the company grew more than six fold.



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In the June report of the McAfee Labs Threats Report, researchers analyzed the situation with viruses, malicious programs, extortion viruses and other cyberthreats. The company believes that the main trend is the explosive growth of crypto-jacking - the hidden use of a computer or other device for cryptomining in the background. Since the beginning of the year, such malicious programs, showing an increase of 629%, have become more popular than the previous leader, ransomware.

"In the first quarter, there were new data on complex cyber-attacks on the state level, which target not only users but also corporate systems around the world," said Raj Samani, a research manager for McAfee. "The attackers demonstrate an impressive level of technical innovation and speed of action. Criminals continue to implement cryptomining to easily monetize their illegal activities. " In the first quarter of this year, McAfee recorded 2.9 million samples of malicious programs for hidden mining, while there were about 400,000 malicious programs in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The researchers note that in addition to cyberjacking, another serious threat is the theft of crypto-currency using hacker attacks. It is reported that the well-known cybergroup Lazarus organized a full-scale attack, which was called HaoBao. It attacks computers of users that had inadvertently open the application from the received e-mail. This program tracks the users' mining and their operations with crypto-currencies.

McAfee also reports that in the first quarter, the highest growth of cyberattacks (by 47%) was noted in companies and organizations working in the field of health and medicine.

Attackers launch they ransomware and in some cases companies were forced to pay ransom to continue the work of their computer systems. Cyber-attacks against educational institutions and companies working in this field have grown by 40% - the ransomware is also the most popular type of attack. The third place in the growth dynamics of cyberattacks was financial companies and institutions - 39%. The researchers also refer to them as attacks on the SWIFT system. McAfee notes that financial companies have been attacked around the world, for example, there has been an increase in the activity of cybercriminals in Russia, Turkey and South Africa. 

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