If you are unaware, a recent trend in cyber attacks involves hijacking your computer's processing power to "mine" cryptocurrency, which they sell for money. Some discovered attacks were large spread enough that experts estimate over a million dollars in stolen computing resources, making the new cyber security threat a potentially lucrative endeavor.
The following claim regarding this issue may be false, dubious, or misleading.
Detected cases of illicit cryptocurrency mining -- the digital equivalent of minting money -- have surged 459 percent in 2018 compared to last year, Cyber Threat Alliance said in a report released Wednesday.
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How did they arrive at this number? My biggest concern is that absolute numbers may not be as impressive sounding as the percentage. Further, what are they counting? Organized operations or individual infections? Does cyber security typically include counts of just one, or both?