The world of cryptocurrency is in its infancy stages, but criminals have been using it for years and proving the utility and anonymity of blockchain technology. Not to mention the spike in interest and speculative price on the technology has really put a focus for criminals to accumulate as much as possible. The ledger system required for blockchain tech requires mining as a fundamental. Criminals have found ways to leverage victims computers to be part of the mining operation. Victims computers will have their CPU stolen in order to mine the cryptocurrency to which the criminals will be directly rewarded without having to deal with victims for any payment scheme. It’s now grown so popular with the profitability along with minimal illegal footprint, that its one of top threats in the landscape today.
Below are some of the known cryptominer variants: