Intel and Microsoft team up to combat cryptojacking

Cryptojacking

Days are numbered. Intel and Microsoft have joined hands to fight against cryptojacking attacks by developing a detection tool that can trigger multiple detectors to halt any such threat.

Cryptojacking is a malicious cyberattack where cybercriminals install crypto mining apps into computers belonging to individuals or businesses, and then mining crypto illicitly by taking the resources out of the system.

Such actions significantly reduce the performance of the affected computers.

According to the details provided in the announcement, the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution has just seen an integration of a threat detection tool that goes by as Intel Threat Detection Technology, or Intel TDT for short.

Intel Threat Detection Technology

This is a solution designed by the chip giant to launch endpoint detection of cryptojacking threats before it hits a system. The technology can activate CPU based crypto mining machine learning detection without compromising the user’s computer whatsoever.

Frank Dickson, program vice president of Security and Trust at IDC:

“The silicon-level telemetry and functionality enable the hardware computer platform to play an active role in threat defense against ‘above-the-OS’ attacks. Clearly, the goal is to empower Intel-based systems of today and tomorrow to be fundamentally more secure and have lower malware infection rates than AMD, Apple, and other ARM-based processor systems.”

Overall, what makes this new tool special is its ability to send a high-fidelity signal that triggers multiple detectors across the corporate fleet without reducing the system resources.

Furthermore, some newer malware of this type has enough ability to extend its hazardous arms onto a whole network of computers.

That said, recent studies have shown that there has been a slowdown in cryptojacking activities lately, especially the ones related to mining privacy coins like Monroe. As a matter of pure fact, these attacks have decreased for the first time since 2018.


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