In Southeast Asia, cyberattacks related to crypto mining are the highest, with at least 8,926,117 attack attempts blocked by Kaspersky in 2020. This is the highest compared to detected phishing attempts (2,890,825) and ransomware attempts (804,513) in the last year. .
Cybercriminals use malicious malware used in cryptocurrency mining to take advantage of hardware they don’t own, such as smartphones, computers, tablets, and servers. They then harness the processing power of those devices to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, whose prices have skyrocketed.
In Kaspersky’s recent 2020 MSMEs Threat Report, observed cryptocurrency mining efforts decreased to 8,926,117 in 2020 from 13,247,796 mass detections in 2019.
In the Southeast Asia region, Indonesia and Vietnam are the countries with the highest number of cryptocurrency mining attempts monitored and prevented by Kaspersky for the second year in a row, accounting for nearly 71% in 2020 and 80% in 2019 of all. attempted incidents in the Asian region. Southeast.
Unlike ransomware attacks, which tend to be scarier and need to be dealt with as quickly as possible, these crypto miners have evolved to take long-term covert actions to profit from their exploits.
And the shock is at the same time a signal if your device is owned by crypto miners, that is, a slow system response on your computing device due to high workloads, higher power consumption that makes the battery drain faster or for electricity bills to skyrocket, and significantly more data usage.
If a company suspects that crypto miners have illegally accessed their system, Kaspersky has some tips to ensure the security of assets and devices:
- Keep the operating system and software in good condition and regularly updated.
- Do not click on links and email attachments from unverified and untrusted sources.
- Be careful when installing software from the web, as crypto miners have been known to incorporate malware into them.
- Take advantage of robust security solutions that can be used by companies with limited cybersecurity expertise and resources, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Detection and Response Optimum (KEDRO). KEDRO provides an efficient solution for MSMEs to reduce costs and save protection because it is equipped with protection for terminals such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops connected to the company network.
- Conduct regular security audits of your corporate network. And you also need to pay attention to “invisible” targets such as queue management systems, POS terminals, and vending machines. Once infected, all these devices can bring many benefits to cybercriminals.