59% of Businesses in the UK Suffered Cryptojacking Attacks at Some Point, Survey Shows

  • A recent study found that 59% of businesses in the UK have ben hit with a cryptojakcing attack at some point.
  • These attacks see bad actors maliciously use their computer resources to mine cryptos.

According to research commissioned by Citrix and executed by OnePoll, 59% percent of large enterprises in the United Kingdom have been targeted with cryptojacking attacks.

The research, which was conducted in May 2018, focused on organizations that employed over 250 people. 750 key IT decision-makers from these companies were polled about the risks posed by cyberattacks from hackers looking to maliciously mine cryptocurrency.

The findings, made public this week, showed that 59% of respondents found crypto mining malware on their computer systems sometime in the past. The last 6 months saw up to 80% of the cases, with 30% of the businesses being attacked last month.

The study’s findings seem to be in line with a McAfee Labs report that stated cryptojacking malware cases had risen by 629% in the first quarter of 2018. On the other hand, 38% of the respondents revealed their companies have never been hit with a cryptojacking attack.

Understanding Cryptojacking

Cryptojacking refers to the use of someone else’s computer resources to maliciously mine cryptocurrencies without their knowledge. This can be done remotely by infecting the target’s devices with malware that uses its machine’s processing power to mine specific cryptocurrencies, often Monero (XMR) for its CPU-friendly mining algorithm.

Finding the attackers in cryptojacking cases is extremely difficult since the cryptos they mine are often untraceable privacy-centric coins like Monero. Since they’re using someone else’s machines, the attackers could be anywhere in the world.

The practice slows down computers for its heavy CPU resource usage. Businesses, including those completely unrelated to cryptocurrencies, have to pay attention to the practice. In some rare cases, computers were forced to overheat while mining.

How Businesses Tackle the Problem

Businesses need more than anti-malware software to tackle the cryptojacking threat, as the study’s findings revealed only 7% of cases were detected by anti-malware applications. Various respondents, 38%, detected the attacks through their network monitoring systems, while 34% did so through their co-workers.

According to the poll, while 21% of companies have no plans to combat crypto mining attacks, the majority, 67%, are aware of the threats posed by cryptojacking and have policies on it.

Various businesses detect cryptojacking attacks the same way they detect other cyber threats. Some, 41%, rely on network monitoring systems, while 24% rely on blocking crypto mining websites

Huobi Wallet Adds Support for Decentralized Finance Apps MakerDAO and Compound

Francisco Memoria

Huobi’s multi-currency wallet, Huobi Wallet, has added support for two decentralized finance (DeFI) projects – Compound and MakerDAO – in an expansion into the ecosystem.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, Huobi Wallet will now be supporting all decentralized applications and tokens associated with these projects, which are mainly focused on the Ethereum blockchain.

The document notes the Maker project is comprised of a decentralized stablecoin – Dai – collateral loans, and community governance. Huobi’s multi-currency wallet supports the stablecoin, as well as its MKR token and CDP Portal which lets users take collateralized debt positions.

MakerDAO, Maker’s decentralized portal, is fully managed by smart contracts. The project has created a lot of buzz in the cryptocurrency space over the popularity of its Dai stablecoin, which has been listed on various major exchanges.

Compound, on the other hand, is an open-source autonomous protocol allowing users to lend cryptocurrency and earn interest on their holdings, or borrow on the platform at a specific rate. Huobi Wallet’s support meaning users will be able to use the Compound decentralized application directly from the wallet.

Livio Weng, Huobi’s chief executive, was quoted as saying:

We think blockchain technology has great potential not just for cryptocurrency but also in providing better overall financial services and products to the public. Both Compound and MakerDAO share our vision and we're happy to add support for them.

Compound’s founder and CEO, Robert Leshner, added that decentralized financial applications will “lead to a wealthier, more connected world,” but have so far been difficult to access. Per his words, this type of partnership will help more users access DeFi platforms.

The move comes shortly after Huobi Wallet partnered with Equiilibrium, the framework behind an EOS-based stablecoin called EOSDT, to add the cryptocurrency to the multi-currency wallet.