Research Shows Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Has Reached 5% of all Monero Available Monero (XMR) seems to be the favorite token used by criminals that deploy mining malware into thousands of computers. According to researchers from the Universidad Carlos III and King’s College London, 4.32 percent of all the Monero in circulation have been mined by hackers. The researchers are Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil. According to them, there are around 2,218 active campaigns that accumulated 720,000 XMR ($35 million). In just a single campaign, stealers were able to mine more than 163,000 XMR, equal to $7.92 million. Indeed, at the time of publishing the research, that campaign was still active. The researchers informed that around 4.4 million malware samples were analyzed over a 12-year period from 2007 to 2018. To spread this malware, attackers use legitimate infrastructure including Dropbox or Github. Monero is the favorite digital asset for illicit mining. This happens in that
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