Crypto Miners are the most common web threats with over 177K unique malicious URLs

Hackers never let go any chance of getting their hands onto something big. Whether it's tapping into someone’s phone call or even hacking the security system of a big firm; they will always put in their efforts to go for glory.

There are many ways by which hackers can attack a person or an organization. These attacks are divided into 2 categories which are Active and Passive attacks. Passive attacks are those attacks which do not harm the targeted user physically but they are just used for observing user activity, whereas Active attacks are those attacks which can create chaos within minutes of infiltration.

There were many malicious threats out there on the web but crypto miners were the one creating havoc. These links/websites are used by attackers, they usually send them disguised in emails or spams so that when a person clicks on it, they download some files and code that breaches the systems integrity and allows them to access the network.

The team at Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 came up with a report which stated that 177,753 unique URLs which were related to these mining attacks were lurking around from October 2020 to September 2021. This is a really huge amount considering the fact that out of all of these links, 70% of them traced back to the U.S.

The researchers were not only able to find crypto mining related threats but they also found threats related to web skimmers and JS downloaders.

As per PANU, “Cryptominers or coinminers are cryptocurrency miners that run in web browsers and consume significant CPU resources, making computer use slow.”

Following Crypto mining is JavaScript downloaders with around 147,918 URLs and 712,023 threats on the web. Web Skimmers were likewise seen to have a tremendous effect with 147,907 URLs and 611,811 web threats.

JS downloaders are little parts of code which are utilized for downloading malicious codes from a distance which compromises the system. Web skimming is also a kind of hacking technique which is done by infiltrating e-commerce websites by adding some JS codes into them which fetch important information such as their social security numbers or even their bank details.

This means that as a user, we should always be cautious when it comes to opening spam emails, surfing the web and hovering links because they could as well be some kind of malicious code or malware which would infiltrate our system and thus give the hacker control of our system.

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