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Microsoft: 644K PCs encounter cryptocurrency mining malware every month

Building a slide deck, pitch, or presentation? Here are the big takeaways: Each month from September 2017 to January 2018, 644,000 computers on average were infected with malware for mining cryptocurrency. — Microsoft, 2018 While cryptocurrency mining may seem like a simple nuisance, it is a serious threat to IT due to its ability to commandeer compute resources.

The popularity of cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Monero, Bitcoin, and others has led to a surge in coin mining operations that are plaguing the enterprise. According to new Microsoft Windows Defender research, an average of 644,000 PCs per month encountered some form of mining malware between the months of September 2017 and January 2018.

The report simply noted that the computers "encountered" the malware, and didn't explicitly say they were infected. However, it does point out that the 644,000 machines were individual, unique computers—giving a startling picture of just how rampant coin mining malware has...(continued)

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