Cyber Threat Alliance's report shows that illicit cyrptocurrency mining has surged 459% in 2018, with hackers illegally generating Monero and Bitcoin using a 2017 leak of Eternal Blue to commander compute power.
“A security update was released in March 2017. Customers who applied the update are protected,” Jeff Jones, a senior director at Microsoft Corp., said in a statement. The NSA declined a request for comment. "The threat of illicit cryptocurrency mining represents an increasingly common cybersecurity risk for enterprises and individuals," according to the report. And the “rapid growth shows no signs of slowing down.”