Crypto-mining malware pirates processing power on a computer, smartphone, or other connected device to mine cryptocurrencies.
Hackers most often gain access to computers by hiding cryptocurrency mining software in what appear to be legitimate, mundane software updates from brands like Microsoft and Adobe. Once a machine is infected, it uses its computing resources to mine for currency on behalf of the hacker. We’ll likely continue to see crypto-mining malware spread in 2020.
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