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A new criminal target.

Cyber criminals are increasingly setting their sights on stealing cryptocurrency and the computing power to mine it, according to a new report from Seattle-based network security company WatchGuard Technologies. They’re also reworking their email-delivery methods.

Using statistical data gathered from tens of thousands of customer devices designed to detect attempted malware and network attacks, the company reported that in Q1 of 2018 several types of cryptocurrency miners landed on its list of the 25 most common malware variants for the first time. WatchGuard Technologies said the crypto-mining malware will likely stay on that top-25 list in Q2 and may even move to the top 10 by the end of the quarter.

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