Coinhive has remained on top of Check Point Software’s global threat index for 15 straight months
Cryptominers continue to dominate the malware landscape, just as they did all of 2018. But a decision by cryptocurrency mining service Coinhive to shut down last week could change that soon, security vendor Check Point Software said in its latest malware threat report, released Monday.
Coinhive has topped Check Point’s global threat index for 15 straight months, including this February.
Coinhive’s software is designed to give website owners a way to earn revenue by using the browsers of site visitors to mine for Monero cryptocurrency. The software itself — like many other cryptominers — is not malicious. However, cybercriminals have been using Coinhive extensively to surreptitiously mine for Monero on hacked websites, making it a top threat to website operators globally in the process. Many websites that have installed Coinhive also have done so without explicitly informing site visitors about it.