The ranking of network security for Poland is currently not favorable
Every fifth company in the world has been affected by Fireball malware. Poland was among the most endangered countries in Europe, ranking only 25th in the security ranking - analysts from Check Point Software Technologies are alarming. Hackers are increasingly using the so-called cryptominers, using up to 65% of the computing power of processors in our computers.
The situation of Poland is worrying, given that only in a month our country has dropped by as many as 12 places in the European ranking (from 13 to 25 position), while obtaining a threat index equal to 44.3 points. This means that the activity of hackers against Polish companies and individual users remains at a high level, while in some other European countries the hackers offensive weakens - emphasizes Wojciech Głażewski, Managing Director of Check Point in Poland.
In January, the safest networks in Europe were Lichtenstein (hazard ratio 10.4), Cyprus (29.3) and Norway (32.5). The Lithuanian network was on the antipodes, which, with the 72.6 index, proved to be the most frequently harassed by the hackers in Europe *. Every day there are over 3 million attacks in the world. Last month, Poland was most often attacked from computers with American IP.
Check Point experts emphasize that the phenomenon of hackers using illegal programs digging cryptocurrencies is growing. While cryptominers are commonly used to extract cryptocurrencies, the growing public interest in virtual currencies has slowed down the process of their extraction, because its speed depends directly on the number of currency holders. This slowdown has increased the computing power needed to extract cryptocurrencies, prompting cybercriminals to develop new ways to use the computing resources of unsuspecting communities.
Network security ranking for Poland: top cryptominery
The Check Point report draws attention to three different variants of the so-called cryptominerów, which were in the top ten ranking of the most common malware programs in the world. This testifies to the increasingly widespread use of victims' computers by hackers in order to use their computing power to dig cryptocurrencies. Coinhive, responsible for kicking Monero's cryptocurrency, was the most common type of malware in January, infecting a total of 23% of organizations in the world. The top three also included Fireball (21% of infected networks) - a malware responsible for triggering over 250 million infections in the world; and Rig ek (17%), implementing the exploits in Flash, Java, Silverlight and Internet Explorer.
In Poland, the most frequently used malware is Coinhive, Fireball and Roughted, which is a massive malvertising campaign, providing various types of scam, adware, exploit kits and ransomware.
In the last three months, cryptominers have become an increasing threat to organizations, and criminals have seen them as a lucrative stream of income. Protecting against this phenomenon is a particularly difficult task, because cryptominery is often hidden on websites, which makes it easier for hackers to use the vast resources of processors that are available to businesses. Therefore, according to Check Point, it is important that organizations have solutions to protect against new, large-scale and fast-moving Gen V (fifth generation) cyber attacks.
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