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3/22/2018
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Jai Vijayan
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7 Ways to Protect Against Cryptomining Attacks

Implementing basic security hygiene can go a long way in ensuring your systems and website don't get hijacked.
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Tighten Your Endpoint Security Controls

Strong endpoint protection is critical to preventing cryptocurrency mining malware, says Bryan York, director of services, CrowdStrike. If you don't want crypto tools to run on your end user and host systems, keep them patched and properly updated. Consider using ad blockers, disabling JavaScript, and using browser extensions specifically designed to prevent cryptomining when browsing the Web. Implement multi-factor authentication for remote access. Segement your networks to limit lateral movement, York says.

Endpoint technologies are becoming available that can help you detect and block cryptomining software and behaviors associatied with these tools, York says. "Additionally, some advanced endpoint technologies offer the ability to block cryptocurrency mining software that use fileless malware techniques to infect and spread through a network." Consider using them, he says.

Consider implementing a centralized logging capability for detecting, restricting, and capturing malicious activity, adds Mike McLellan, senior security researcher for Secureworks' counter threat unit. One way to identify outbound cryptocurrency mining traffic is to use monitored egress points to manage outbound network connections traffic, particularly any unencrypted traffic that is using non-standard ports.

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