One Hacker Can Make $100M A Year With Evil Cryptocurrency Miners

Jan 31, 2018 · 4 min read
Whilst Bitcoin isn’t worth mining for hackers building massive botnets, other cryptocurrencies like Monero are of increasing interest. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

By Thomas Fox-Brewster

In the online criminal underworld, a booming industry has been born, with as much as $100 million to be made per hacker. It involves breaking into people’s PCs and smartphones, installing malware on the devices and then forcing them to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency that’s become increasingly attractive to ne’er-do-wells of late due…

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