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Hackers unleash 2.5M new crypto-jacking scripts in just 3 months

Hackers unleash 2.5M new crypto-jacking scripts in just 3 months

Security experts have detected 2.5 million new instances of crypto-jacking malware in the second quarter of 2018, according to a report from McAfee Labs.

For the record, this marks a staggering 86-percent growth in cryptocurrency-mining malware over the past three months.

Most of the new malware originates from older crypto-jacking scripts, according to a new report from McAfee Labs.

“Cybercriminals continue to follow the money. Although this statement is familiar, our latest Threats Report clearly shows the migration from certain older attacks to new threat vectors as they become more profitable,” the analysis reads. “Just as in Q1, we see the popularity of cryptocurrency mining continue to rise.”