Bitcoin Miners



  • Does anyone feel that bitcoin miners will take over and ransomware will disappear or do you think ransomware is going to stay for a few more years as the most lucrative type of malware for blackhats? Both of these are quite lucrative but the implications are different. Miners require more widespread infection like a botnet whereas ransomware can be more localized to gain profits.



  • They are both interesting ways to gain illegal funds, one is an instant payout where as the other is a long term persistent payout. I would say they’re both here to stay and both have disadvantages and advantages.



  • Yeah I agree with @ziran . As long as they are both profitable, they will both occur. Ransomware has the added effect of being more “in your face” (upfront) malicious and could also be used to terrorize people more than miners.


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