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Intel, Microsoft Beef Up Customers’ Cryptojacking Defenses

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Microsoft and Intel are working together to more quickly and effectively identify and remediate cryptojacking threats for users, Intel said Monday.

  • Cryptojacking is the illegal use of another person or entity’s computer to mine cryptocurrency, often deployed through malware or compromised websites.

  • Intel’s new technology aims to more accurately detect malware regardless of the malicious code’s obfuscation techniques.

  • “This is a true inflection point for the security industry,” Intel’s Michael Nordquist said in a statement. “The scale of this CPU-based threat detection rollout across customer systems is unmatched and helps close gaps in corporate defenses.”

  • Microsoft cited research findings that coin-mining malware attacks increased 53% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the third quarter.

  • Other research suggests cryptojacking has declined as crypto prices have surged in 2021.

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