Hackers want to earn faster, illegal bitcoin mining is losing popularity

According to Kaspersky, new types of cyberattacks were significantly added last year. At the same time, the number of other threats detected by anti-virus technologies, such as backdoor attacks or bank Trojans, has also increased.

However, the presence of cryptocurrency viruses decreased by more than half. As follows from Kaspersky’s annual report “Security Bulletin: Statistics of the Year “, so a change in the type of threats is evident used by hackers looking for more effective ways to target users.

In 2018, Kaspersky ‘s web antivirus solutions captured more than 21.6 mil. unique malicious objects. Their number increased last year to more than 24.2 mil. This increase was due to a higher number of and a variety of HTML pages and scripts that secretly load data containing in most cases advertising links. “It simply came to our notice then this growth was caused by online skimmers, through them attackers embed scripts in online store pages and use them on theft of data from users’ credit or payment cards, “ informs Kaspersky.

In total, Kaspersky antiviruses recorded 510 thousand. unique files with skimmers, representing a year-on-year increase of 187%. At the same security technologies have revealed five times more threats than in the year 2018, a total of up to 2.66 mil. Along with them, the share of new backdoors also increased files and bank Trojans. On the other hand, the number detected unique malicious URLs has decreased to half and the presence of the programs they secretly generate also gradually decreased cryptocene on users’ computers.

“In recent years, the number of online attacks has grown steadily, but in 2019, we saw significant changes in many of them. Because attackers want to make a direct and quick profit at the expense of users, some were no longer effective for them. This positive trend is partly due to higher user awareness on cyber threats, as well as better preparedness and caution on side of companies. A good example is the cryptocurrency miners who came its popularity due to lower profitability and the position of cryptocurrencies in the fight against clandestine mining. We, on the contrary, have an increased risk this year recorded by zero-day exploits. This trend is likely continue in the future, “said CEO Kaspersky for Eastern Europe Miroslav Kořen.

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Its portfolio includes comprehensive protection solutions endpoints as well as a number of specialized security solutions and services providing effective protection against digital threats. Services Kaspersky is used by more than 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients around the world.

According to Kaspersky, new types of cyberattacks were significantly added last year. At the same time, the number of other threats detected by anti-virus technologies, such as backdoor attacks or bank Trojans, has also increased.

However, the presence of cryptocurrency viruses decreased by more than half. As follows from Kaspersky’s annual report “Security Bulletin: Statistics of the Year “, so a change in the type of threats is evident used by hackers looking for more effective ways to target users.

In 2018, Kaspersky ‘s web antivirus solutions captured more than 21.6 mil. unique malicious objects. Their number increased last year to more than 24.2 mil. This increase was due to a higher number of and a variety of HTML pages and scripts that secretly load data containing in most cases advertising links. “It simply came to our notice then this growth was caused by online skimmers, through them attackers embed scripts in online store pages and use them on theft of data from users’ credit or payment cards, “ informs Kaspersky.

In total, Kaspersky antiviruses recorded 510 thousand. unique files with skimmers, representing a year-on-year increase of 187%. At the same security technologies have revealed five times more threats than in the year 2018, a total of up to 2.66 mil. Along with them, the share of new backdoors also increased files and bank Trojans. On the other hand, the number detected unique malicious URLs has decreased to half and the presence of the programs they secretly generate also gradually decreased cryptocene on users’ computers.

“In recent years, the number of online attacks has grown steadily, but in 2019, we saw significant changes in many of them. Because attackers want to make a direct and quick profit at the expense of users, some were no longer effective for them. This positive trend is partly due to higher user awareness on cyber threats, as well as better preparedness and caution on side of companies. A good example is the cryptocurrency miners who came its popularity due to lower profitability and the position of cryptocurrencies in the fight against clandestine mining. We, on the contrary, have an increased risk this year recorded by zero-day exploits. This trend is likely continue in the future, “said CEO Kaspersky for Eastern Europe Miroslav Kořen.

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Its portfolio includes comprehensive protection solutions endpoints as well as a number of specialized security solutions and services providing effective protection against digital threats. Services Kaspersky is used by more than 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients around the world.