Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, an enterprise-class solution that prevents advanced security threats, has expanded its use through Intel’s Threat Detection Technology (TDT) to combat illegal cryptocurrency mining (aka’cryptojacking’). This was reported by YouTube on the 26th (local time).
Cryptojacking is an attack method that allows an infected server or network to mine cryptocurrencies without permission. This cryptojacking uses creative obfuscation techniques to remain undetected by antivirus software.
Solutions from Intel and Microsoft rely on telemetry data to detect CPU performance anomalies. Unlike other types of defense, TDT can detect malicious programs before mining cryptocurrencies by infecting the victim’s computer.
With TDT, Windows security alerts about threats are displayed to users targeted by malicious actors.
Intal’s Michael Nordquist argues that Microsoft’s alliance will help promote stronger corporate defenses.
“This is a real inflection point for the security industry, as well as mid-market, midmarket and enterprise customers who are rapidly adopting Windows 10 with built-in endpoint protection.
As cryptocurrency value continues to soar, cryptocurrency jacking is still as popular as ever. Microsoft says many criminals now prefer stealth coin miners to ransomware.
According to a report from antivirus software company Avira, cryptojacking attacks in the fourth quarter of 2020 soared 53% compared to the previous quarter.
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