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Report: the number of hidden miner attacks increased by almost a third

A new report by McAfee Labs says that the number of attacks using hidden miners in the first quarter of this year increased by 29% compared to the previous period. According to the researchers, users of various operating systems are susceptible to attacks – both Microsoft Windows and macOS from Apple. Experts noted that Windows users are usually infected through vulnerabilities in the tool […]

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A new report by McAfee Labs says that the number of attacks using hidden miners in the first quarter of this year increased by 29% compared to the previous period.

According to the researchers, users of various operating systems are susceptible to attacks – both Microsoft Windows and macOS from Apple. Experts noted that Windows users are usually infected through vulnerabilities in the PowerShell automation tool.

Most often, miners mine Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency victims on a computer. At the same time, once on one server, viruses try to infect other computers.

Specialists made a separate emphasis on the cookieMiner malware for macOS, aimed at stealing users' personal data. McAfee Labs experts are sure that the cryptocurrency companies such as Binance, Bitstamp, Bittrex, Coinbase, MyEtherWallet and Poloniex were targeted by this virus.

Earlier, McAfee Labs concluded that hidden miners began to attack IoT devices more often .

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