Costly cryptojacking overtakes ransomware in the enterprise threat stakes

Last year ransomware was riding high as the top enterprise threat. This year there’s a new boss in town: cryptojacking.

According to the newly published Mid-Year Threat Report from Webroot [https://www-cdn.webroot.com/2615/3756/6771/Webroot_Threat_Report_Mid-Year_Update_Sept_18_US.pdf] there has been a “massive shift from ransomware to cryptomining” in the first six months of the year. Webroot reports that cryptojacking accounted for 35 percent of threats. The report reveals that Webroot sees customers attempting to access sites where cryptojacking scripts are running that account for three percent of the multi-million URL requests each day. The busiest of these cryptocurrency mining domains being Xxgasm.com, which is responsible for 31 percent of this traffic.

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