A group of hackers installed cryptocurrency mining malware on 9000 computers over two years.
A group of hackers installed cryptocurrency mining malware on 9000 computers over two years, antivirus company Kaspersky Lab claims.
The hackers controlled one batch of 4000, and another of 5000 computers.
-quot;According to analysts, the hacker mining network brings its owners up to $30,000 per month,-quot; the publication quotes a Kaspersky source as saying.
Total earnings are estimated to be $209,000 so far for Monero alone, while the total income is harder to determine.
Cryptocurrency hacking is currently a topic of interest in Russia-rsquo;s ongoing battle with regulation.
In July, the country-rsquo;s Internet advisor to Vladimir Putin suggested up to an astonishing 30 percent of domestic devices were infected with a mining virus, comments which even fellow minister Dmitry Marinichev soon denied were true.
-ldquo;In regions with lower bandwidth instances are reduced, but we-rsquo;re looking at 20 to 30 percent of devices being infected - iPhones and Macs are less prone,-rdquo; Klimenko had said.
Kaspersky has meanwhile warned about more legitimate threats affecting consumers, including August-rsquo;s Trojan banker malware known as -lsquo;Jimmy.-rsquo;