Over 6 million computers in Moscow are infected with Cryptocurrency Mining Virus

In Moscow about 30 percent of all computers are infected with a virus, which allows covertly mining bitcoins.

Herman Klimenko, adviser of the Russian President on Internet development, said that nowadays this is the most common and most dangerous virus. There are about 20 million computers in Moscow, of those, 20-30 percent are infected.

Klimenko noted that the organizers of such schema earn money by "rental" capacity of infected computers for processing Cryptocurrency payments.

As a reminder, on July 21, researchers discovered advertisement botnet Stantinko, which had so many victims from Russia and Ukraine. In the beginning of the month the specialists of "Kaspersky Lab" spotted the wide spread of the virus Xafekopy, which sent subscription request on paid services from victim's phone.

"We do not have information about all computers in Moscow and Russia, we can only talk about our users, 6% of them were attacked in 2017 with the goal of installing" miners "(Cryptocurrency), which makes it quite common type of malicious programs," Antonov Ivanov, an antivirus expert at Kaspersky Lab, quotes the local press.

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