Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Welcome to the interactive Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. We created this site as a complement to our annual report to enable you to dig into the data in more detail.

Some key highlighted takeaways may differ from the written report as we add new data monthly. Come back and visit often to check in on the latest security trends.

For a deeper assessment and recommendations on how to protect against threats, download the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report at www.microsoft.com/sir.

Cryptocurrency mining encounters

Cybercriminals are often motivated by money. With the rise in values of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, attackers have increasingly been turning their attention to cryptocurrency mining. We’ve noticed that as the value of cryptocurrency rises and falls, so does the mining encounter rate. Attackers inject mining software into an unsuspecting user’s or organization’s machine(s) and then use the machine’s compute power to mine for the cryptocurrency. This can cause decreases in system performance. More importantly, the key threat is that now an attacker has a foot in the door. And while they might be using a few extra CPU cycles for mining, they can easily turn that mining software into something with more malicious intentions if needed.

The graph and map on the right show the monthly average percentage of machines that encountered cryptocurrency mining for the timeframe and country/countries selected. Toggle between Worldwide and Country Comparison for a detailed view of the countries you’ve selected.


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