24 January 2019
Cyber-attacks are diversifying, putting businesses at increasing risk. In 2017, multiple ransomware attacks such as the Wannacry cryptoworm that hit the NHS demanded bitcoins in exchange for the release of data. This is now evolving into illicit cryptomining attacks, which see criminals using business’ systems to mine lucrative cryptocurrencies.
In February 2018, the first SCADA cryptominer was seen in the wild. Also this year, it emerged that car manufacturer Tesla's cloud environment was used in order to mine cryptocurrencies.
Attacks such as these demonstrate why cyber security is on the national agenda for governments and firms in the UK and Europe. In November 2016, the UK government launched its National Cyber Security Strategy, setting out plans to make Britain more secure and resilient in cyber space.