You may know that hackers want to take over your devices and use them to get rich mining cryptocurrencies. What you may not know is the problem is getting worse very quickly.
That’s a key finding from first-quarter threats report. The research unit of the computer security software company McAfee found what it calls a “stunning” 629 percent increase in coin miner malware during the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter of last year. This kind of malware infects a victim’s device and turns it into a cryptocurrency miner, allowing the attacker to pocket the profits.