The number of cyberattacks continues to grow, with the main method of distributing malicious software being cryptojacking.

63% of cyberattacks in the first quarter of 2018 were executed using malicious software distribution. 23% of those cases involved cryptojacking, or distribution of malware that mines cryptocurrencies, predominantly Monero, Positive Technologies says in a report.

The second place by popularity is occupied by attacks using social engineering, in particular phishing ones (29%).

The majority of victims of cyberattacks are private persons (28%) and state institutions (16%).

Most attacks are aimed at stealing data. The share of such cyberattacks in the first quarter increased to 36% compared with 23% in 2017. Basically scammers are interested in personal data (33% of cases), accounts and passwords for access (28%).

According to the director of the project direction of Group-IB Anton Fishman, this trend is due to the fact that it became much easier to sell information in a darkweb. Cybercriminals put on sale internal financial documents of organizations, results of industrial espionage and personal data.

Particularly, the number of cyberattacks in Russia in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 32%, up to 312 cases, compared to the same period last year.