The number of internet users that were attacked by malicious crypto currency mining software rose from 1.9 million to 2.7 million in just one year, according to Kaspersky Lab’s annual ransomware and malicious crypto miners report.
Statistics for the last 24 months showed that miners are increasingly focused on developing markets, and are taking advantage of internet users in these regions to grow their revenues.
This is one of the key findings in Kaspersky Lab’s annual ransomware and malicious crypto miners report, 2016-2018.
The report, which covers two similar periods (April to March 2016-2017 and April to March 2017-2018), shows that while ransomware can provide cybercriminals with potentially large but one-off rewards in a turbulent landscape, miners might make less money out of their victims, but through a more sustainable/ longer-term model. This is naturally gaining popularity among the cybercriminal community.