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Crypto Malware

Definition

Crypto-Malware is a specific type of common malware where a software, application, script, program or general behavior with sole intention to mine cryptocurrency without your knowledge, awareness or consent. Anybody digging into your system, using your CPU and memory, in order to generate profit for their own monetary benefit.

Behavioral Examples

The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of some behavioral examples and symptoms of “What Crypto mining malware may feel like when evading, or attempting to evade, your Mac”.

  • Your Mac is severely slowing down.
  • Processes, apps or software are suddenly shutting down, getting stuck or are abruptly minimized to you dock.
  • An application shows unexpected or different behavior.
  • Your computer is getting (physically) hot.

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