Act before you fall victim
What is cryptojacking?
A nefarious scheme to utilize devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc), without the consent or knowledge of the owner, to covertly mine cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin) at the cost of the victim.
This is a relatively new online threat, but is emerging as one of the most prevalent.
How it works
Some methods of cryptojacking are utilized that act like classic malware. An email is sent to you (appearing to be from someone you know) containing a link that sends you to a malicious site that instantly loads a cryptomining code onto your computer. Once the device is infected, the cryptojacker hides in the background processes of your system and works constantly to mine cryptocurrency.
While cryptojacking does no damage to a victim’s data, it is still stealing the resources of the processor in your devices, which make your systems run much slower, and, for larger organizations affected, can incur extreme costs in electricity, IT labor and missed opportunities.
Detection and Prevention
It is extremely difficult to detect that a system was affected by cryptojacking after the fact and finding the origin of the high CPU usage is incredibly challenging. Some processes may be hiding or masking themselves as something legitimates to hinder you from ending the drain on your device’s systems and the slowness the cryptojackers cause will make it even harder to troubleshoot the issue.
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