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Kaspersky’s malicious crypto miners report

Kaspersky Lab warned users about the increase of ransomware and malicious crypto miners in the last two years. The company released a report about the numbers in 2017 and 2018. They also warned mobile users to be more careful while downloading applications.

Kaspersky Lab, an anti-virus company, has released a press release to inform users about new data. In its report, Kaspersky has shared several different data from the ransomware attacks on malicious crypto miners. Ransomware is defined as a virus program that wants ransom to disinfect the PC. In other words, when a PC is infected with ransomware, you should pay some amount of money or do other things to remove the virus. Some crypto miner programs are found to be ransomware. So, they are mining cryptocurrency until you pay the ransom. That process harms the computer a lot as it put too much pressure on the processor and other parts. Also, according to the report, ransomware viruses are decreasing, while malicious crypto software is increasing in 2018.

What are the indicators?

Some of the findings of Kaspersky Lab is as follows. The numbers are the result of a comparison between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018:

1- The total number of ransomware fell by almost 30% in 2017-2018
2- The number of mobile ransomware fell by 22.5% in 2017-2018
3- The total number of miners rose by 44.5% in 2017-2018
4- The total number of mobile miners increased by 9.5% in 2017-2018

In light of that information, Kaspersky Lab warns mobile users to be more careful about their downloads and use a mobile anti-virus where possible. We previously reported that Malwarebytes also warned about malicious crypto miners. Both mobile and desktop users should be aware of the threats and monitor their systems properly to reduce the cyber attacks and their harms. Also, we advise users watch for press releases like that from antivirus companies to have more idea about the upcoming threats.

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