Cryptojacking Solution to Detect Mining Malware on Virtual Machines

Cryptojacking Solution to Detect Mining Malware on Virtual Machines

The expanding crypto sector has garnered focus from hackers who have been ramping up efforts to steal money from unsuspecting victims associated with the sector. In a bid to safeguard crypto miners against security breaches, Google Cloud has developed a new solution called the Virtual Machine Threat Detection (VMTD). The tool will detect potential crypto mining malware attacks, also known as cryptojacking. This service from Google Cloud will also shield poorly configured accounts that are breached and used by hackers to mine cryptocurrencies. The Security Command Centre Team of Google Cloud aims to protect crypto miners using virtual machines to execute the process. Virtual machines allow businesses to run an operating system that behaves like a separate computer in an app window on a PC. What we learned is that we could instrument the hypervisor the software that runs underneath and orchestrates our customers' virtual machines to include nearly universal and hard-to-tamper-with threat detection, said Google Cloud Product Manager Timothy Peacock in a blog post.The VMTD tool will provide agentless memory scanning to detect malwares. The security tool will also protect users from falling prey to ransomware and data exfiltration attacks.Not running an agent inside of their instance means less performance impact, lowered operational burden for agent deployment and management, and exposing less attack surface to potential adversaries, Peacock explained. It will act as a third layer of safety along with already enabled solutions such as Event Threat Detection and Container Threat Detection for Google Cloud users.

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