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Crypto-Mining Attacks Emerge as the New Big Threat to Enterprises
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BrianN060
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2/2/2018 | 12:50:24 PM
Send the bill to the crypto-currency companies.
Crypto-mining attacks didn't start with the enterprise.  There was a transition from a few website owners choosing to install (or allowing installation of), crypto-mining software as a revenue source.  When the performance impact was low, and site visitors were informed, many visitors found that less annoying (and the site experience better), than intrusive ads. 

That innovative and honest practice was soon overtaken by greed: high impact, uninformed cycle grabbing; often in addition to, rather than instead of, ads.  Next, it was the site owners who were uninformed or misinformed; as the crypto-mining code was secreted onto websites - hence, crypto-jacking

For enterprises, crypto-mining code as malware won't be an issue in the same way it was for website owners and visitors; but the potential treasure-trove of enterprise resources mean that attackers will utilize both established and innovative tactics to get to them.  Virtualized servers are too well utilized, monitored and protected; but that's not the case for the many nodes of an enterprise network.  Even if these new attackers are unsuccessful, just having more motivated attackers hitting your system in new ways will further burden your IT security, and likely discover new vulnerabilities. 

Even when cybercriminals are caught, any funds recovered are paltry compared to the costs incurred.  So, where should you send the bill?
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2/2/2018 | 7:53:59 AM
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I totally agree


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