Microsoft has released Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Intel TDT, a new anti-cryptojacking framework developed in collaboration with Intel.
The Intel Threat Detection Technology has been incorporated into Microsoft Defender for Endpoint by the tech giant Microsoft. This should help to improve detection and security against cryptojacking malware.
The Technology of the New Addition
The leading cryptocurrency and many other altcoins have seen substantial increases in value in recent years, sparking increased interest in crypto mining. Validating data blocks and connecting transaction records to a shared ledger known as a blockchain is part of the procedure.
This drew the attention of bad actors and cybercriminals, however. Hackers can mine digital assets without the victims’ knowledge by installing coin miners on their electronic devices.
Cases of such illegal activities have been on the rise recently. According to a recent Avira survey, coin miners attacks increased by 53% in Q4 2020 compared to Q3 2020.
Microsoft has teamed up with Intel to incorporate the latter’s Intel Threat Detection Technology, or TDT, to combat these threats. The technology is based on telemetry signals received directly from the PMU.
The new invention generates an alert when a particular verge is reached, as coin producers issue duplicated mathematical operations, saved by the PMU.
The tech firm stated that its product does not necessitate additional investments, IT setup, or agent installation.
According to Michael Nordquist, Intel’s Senior Director of Strategic Planning, the innovation will be highly successful and beneficial to customers:
” The scale of this CPU-based threat detection rollout across customer systems is unmatched and helps close gaps in corporate defenses.”
Cryptojacking should be avoided at all costs.
Hackers may mine cryptocurrencies using other people’s computers, as briefly discussed above. This is known as cryptojacking. They increase their profits by avoiding high electric bills while still profiting from profitable crypto assets.
Cryptojacking attempts increased by 300 percent in Q1 2020, according to a Kaspersky study from last year. According to the report, the most affected countries are those in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, only in the first three months of this year Singapore has seen 11,700 cryptojacking attacks.
On the other side of the world, Mexico has seen an increase in cryptojacking attacks. Local agencies have expressed concern that their networks are vulnerable to external threats.