MikroTik Cryptojacking Threat Infects Over 415,000 Routers Globally

Cryptojacking is becoming an alarming trend that seemingly can’t currently be addressed. New statistics show that more than 415,000 routers worldwide now mine digital currencies. 

Not so long ago, early cryptojacking reports have caused concern. Over 150,000 routers have been affected by crypto mining malware at the time. Sadly, the number of infected machines continues to rise at an alarming rate, reaching more than 415,000. It’s seemingly a matter of time until it reaches the 500,000 devices threshold.

As reported previously, MikroTik routers, which are highly susceptible to crypto mining malware, remain a pressing issue. A more worrisome thing about this attack is that it has become a genuine global threat.

Infected machines can be found virtually across the globe. Asia, Europe, the US, as well as Africa are all well-represented. It shows that MikroTik is a successful brand, but not for the right reasons. The number of malware-infected devices is likely to continue to grow, and finding a solution is direly needed now.

Criminals always find ways to steal the privacy-oriented and anonymous altcoin, Monero. The crypto is less traceable and very different from Bitcoin. Moreover, the international mining malware attack no longer focuses on CoinHive solely. A diversified mining software arsenal is now being utilized.

Some of the new tools are CoinImp and Omine. CoinHive is still present, but exploring other options may yield better outcomes in the long run for those planting the malware. Online crime is an ever-evolving industry. Monero is an appealing option for mining as it only requires an internet connection to mine it.

For now, the worldwide cryptojacking threat will seemingly continue to grow. Many infected modems are deployed by ISPs to the clients. Therefore, those people do not know how to update their software. Also, manual updates may not be possible, depending on the ISP. It creates a worrisome scenario that cannot be addressed straightforwardly. MikroTik distributed a patch a couple of months ago. However, at this time, most ISPs do not deploy it.