Cryptocurrency mining remains the most prevalent use for malware distribution, according to the latest study by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. The cybersecurity solutions provider\u2019s Global Threat Index for December 2018 showed Coinhive retaining the top spot among malware for the 13th\u00a0straight month, and is said to impact 12% of organizations worldwide. XMRig, first reported in May 2017, placed second in the list, with a global reach of 8%. Both Coinhive and XMRig are used to mine the Monero cryptocurrency without a user\u2019s awareness or approval. At number three is another miner, JSEcoin, with a global impact of 7%. Check Point said in its press release, \u201cOrganizations continue to be targeted by cryptominers, despite an overall drop in value across all cryptocurrencies in 2018.\u201d Perhaps this indicates longer-term bullish sentiment in the sector. The company\u2019s Threat Intelligence and Research Group Manager Maya Horowitz noted that the top 10 in the \u2018Most Wanted\u2019 malware was divided among miners, and malware for other purposes. \u201cThe diversity of the malware in the Index means that it is critical that enterprises employ a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy that protects against both established malware families and brand new threats,\u201d she said. A new entry in the top 10, coming in at the number 9 spot, is SmokeLoader, used to load other malware and known to researchers since 2011. It recently spread, in two campaigns, in Ukraine and Japan. \u201che malware, which includes mining, info stealing, email\/form grabbing and keylogging plugins, is sold exclusively to Russian speakers,\u201d a Check Point blog post read. The data culled by Check Point is from 250 million addresses inspected for bots, 11 million malware signatures, and more than 5.5 million infected websites. Monero has long been mined via so-called cryptojackers. Last November, McAfee Labs announced the prevalence of WebCobra, said to be Russian in origin. A recent study from researchers in Madrid and London claim that about $33 million worth of Monero, constituting 4.32% of the cryptocurrency in circulation, has been mined illegally through hacks. McAfee Labs reported last December that mining malware has increased in the four quarters ending September 2018, by 4,467%.