Cryptojacking has been plaguing the industry for several years now, but according to a recent report by cybersecurity firm Banbreach, the number of attacks is escalating at an alarming rate, CoinGape reports.
According to the report, the number of routers in India that have been exploited using the well-known cryptojacking malware CoinHive has doubled in the last month; that’s to say that 30,000 routers have been affected across India.
While conducting their research, Banbreach separated India into three categories according to population density. The report found that 45% of exploited routers are located in the least densely populated areas.
The number of compromised routers have doubled in the past month. For the top three cities with the most infected routers, the growth has been ~5x. pic.twitter.com/TuCxt0evnb— Banbreach (@Banbreach) October 5, 2018
The malware being used by hackers is a modified version of the original CoinHive protocol, which allows Internet browsers to mine cryptocurrencies, usually privacy-focused Monero, without the owner’s knowledge. What’s more worrying is that it appears as if hackers are intensifying their efforts as new versions of the malware are continually being discovered. Data gathered by McAfee Labs reveals that there are as many as 2.5 million versions of the malware in existence, most relating to CoinHive and all have been released in the last three months.
MikroTik appears to be the brand of router that is targeted the most.
Banbreach’s report Is just the latest in a series of reports conducted by various cybersecurity firms. Kaspersky’s report early last month discovered that hackers have been updating the five-year-old Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Rakhni malware family.