Top malware of 2018 presented by Check Point Software Technologies

Most Popular Malware Ranking - Check Point Software Technologies


CheckPoint® Software Technologies Ltd., the leading provider of global cybersecurity solutions, reconfirmed a massive presence of cryptocurrency mining malware in January: according to data from the Global Threat Impact Index 23% of organizations have been impacted by the Coinhive variant globally. Also in Italy Conhive ranked first in the ranking of the most widespread malware, followed by Fireball, the malware that takes control of browsers, turning them into zombies discovered by Check Point last May and by Nivdort, a family of trojans that targets the Windows platform. Despite these data, Italy performed well, slipping by more than 35 positions in the ranking of the most attacked countries and stopping at position 114 (in December 2017 it occupied position number 75)

Within the ranking of the top 10 most common malware, Check Point researchers have discovered three different variants of cryptomining malware reconfirming Coinhive in first place, which involved one organization out of five. It is a mining script that uses the CPU of users visiting certain websites to mine cryptocurrency Monero. The JavaScript present inside exploits the computational resources of the end user’s machines to extract coins, thus affecting system performance.

Over the past three months, cryptomining malware has become a growing threat to organizations, as criminals have discovered that it is an incredible source of income“, he has declared Maya Horowitz, Threat Intelligence Group Manager at Check Point. “It is very difficult to prevent them, as they are often hidden on websites, thus allowing hackers to use innocent victims to exploit the CPU power that many companies have at their disposal. For this reason, it is essential that organizations equip themselves with solutions capable of preventing these covert cyber attacks”.

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In addition to cryptocurrency miners, Check Point researchers have identified that 21% of organizations failed to manage infected machines by Fireball malware. Fireball is a browser hijacker that transforms into a full-fledged malware downloader capable of executing any code on victims’ computers. It was first discovered in May 2017, but has been the subject of several attacks over the past summer.

In January, the most prevalent cryptocurrency mining malware was Coinhive which affected 23% of organizations, followed in second place by Fireball and in third place by the Rig exploit kit which affected 17% of organizations.

*The complete list of the top 10 most active malware families in January is available on the Check Point blog:
http://blog.checkpoint.com/2018/02/13/januarys-most-wanted-malware-cryptomining-malware-continues-to-cripple-enterprise-cpu-power/

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