The partnership uses Intel's CPU telemetry data to more easily detect abnormal system behavior that indicates illegal cryptocurrency mining.
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BlackBerry has added a new feature to its Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) platform Optics: an Intel-based cryptojacking malware detection system. The update to Optics specifically adds CPU telemetry to Intel Threat Detection Technology (TDT), a hardware-based security solution that Intel says is necessary because "software-only cyber solutions are no longer sufficient."
BlackBerry claims that its cryptojacking EDR has "virtually no processor impact" on Windows 10 systems that are running Optics, and enables "organizations to detect and do cryptojacking with greater precision and consistent results across all types of workloads." reduce".
Cryptojacking is a form of malware that tacitly degrades cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin using the resources of the infected computer after installation. Cryptocurrency mining is resource intensive. The more computer resources are available, the faster you can mine and the more cryptocurrency you can create.
Coin mining malware can slow down infected computers, increase electricity costs and damage hardware. Even if it isn't out to steal data, it can be just as harmful.
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AT&T security researcher Chris Dorman told TechRepublic in 2109: "There are Coinhive alternatives so the threat doesn't go away." Combined with improved methods of avoiding detection, there is no reason to assume that 2020 will be the year that cryptojacking ends.
Josh Lemos, vice president of research and intelligence at BlackBerry, said of the diminishing effectiveness of ransomware and the cost of cryptocurrency mining: "Cryptojacking is becoming an attractive option for threat actors to generate revenue." According to Lemos, BlackBerry’s goal is to create a turnkey solution for companies that are concerned about the threat of cryptojacking.
As mentioned above, the great feature of the new partnership between BlackBerry Optics and Intel TDT is the hardware-based security that runs under the operating system to protect computers at the firmware level.
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BlackBerry Optics is based on machine learning, which, according to BlackBerry's words, can adapt to changing security situations "without human intervention".
Despite claims that cryptojacking is becoming less attractive, Kaspersky Labs told the Straits Times that cryptojacking attacks against countries in Southeast Asia increased by 300% in the first three months of 2020.
It may not make as much news anymore, but cryptojacking is still as dangerous as it was. If your systems are vulnerable to this particular threat, there is likely to be a risk that other malware will do more than just power bills and overheating desktops.
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