Recent waves of malicious crypto mining pose new dilemmas in terms of where to draw the line between what is legitimate and what is not. Mining cryptocurrencies has become expensive and coin miners have turned to other people's and companies' devices for resources. As a result, datacenters can and will fall victims to it unless they are prepared to fight off intruders.
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Like most groundbreaking inventions, cryptocurrencies bring a moral paradox: while some people consider them a revolutionary tool to make the world a better place, others already use it to fuel their illegal activities. Therefore, it was just a matter of time before this energy-hungry activity became a serious cybersecurity issue.
Cryptomining transactions, seen as a terrific money-making scheme separate from the traditional online advertising, are growing faster than ever, concluded security researchers after 2.5 billion attacks were blocked in enterprise networks in the past six months.