McAfee Labs published its Threats Report for August 2019, concluding that crypto-jacking is on the increase. Latest McAfee report reveals crypto-mining malware attacks up by 29 percent in Q1.
According to the research, crypto-mining malware campaigns rose 29 percent from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019.
However, CookieMiner malware program was used to steal private account data stored on computers of users against MacOS schemes.
McAfee said the campaign was indiscriminate, with targeted attacks on both Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows systems.
Typically, Windows products were targeted via PowerShell, an interactive command-line and automation engine delegating administrative duties to the computer itself.
Latest McAfee report reveals crypto-mining malware attacks up by 29 percent in Q1. Similarly, vulnerabilities in servers were exploited to mine the Monero privacy coin by using PowerShell.
The attack had worm capabilities which enabled it to jump from server to server.
A BBC investigation previously identified a monero crypto-jacking virus, which was mostly in Latin America, that hacked 850,000 servers.
French officials shut down the primary server while migrating the virus to unused areas of the internet.