Stay Ahead of Cryptojacking Malware with Cofense Intelligence

Cofense’s Intelligence ThreatHQ service provides accurate and timely alerts about cryptojacking malware and ransomware being circulated in phishing emails. Subscribe to our intelligence service and stay ahead of email-borne threats in order to better protect your network, your data, and your users. Sign up for complimentary threat alerts here.

How much would a successful ransomware attack cost your organization? $2.4 million? $3.8 million? How about $7.35 million? These are the average costs incurred to recover from ransomware attacks depending on whether you agree with Accenture ́s, Microsoft ́s or IBM ́s calculations.

Like ransomware, cryptojacking can affect your organization despite your best efforts to stop it. Detecting it can be difficult, especially if only a few systems are compromised. Don’t count on your existing endpoint protection tools to stop cryptojacking.

With Cofense Intelligence ThreatHQ you are proactively defending your organization from phishing attacks. Cofense Intelligence ThreatHQ makes it easy to track emerging phishing trends, research active threats, and supplement your active investigations. The intuitive, streamlined intelligence interface empowers you to move beyond IOCs and pursue an informed organizational strategic direction, enabling the best phishing defense.

What is Cryptojacking?

Cryptojacking definition: Cryptojacking is the unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. Cybercriminals infect computers with a crypto-mining code that works in the background, mining cryptocurrency and delivering it to attackers as unsuspecting victims use their computers normally.

Although individual computers don ́t yield much processing power on their own, attackers can build a botnet of infected devices and make them work together – harnessing vast processor resources across a network of infected computers and stealing a small amount of bandwidth from each.

The cost to the organization is the loss of performance, or – if operating in the cloud – the cost of provisioning more resources to cope with greater processing demands. However, the latest strains of crypto-jacking malware have the built-in ability to crash victims ́ computers if they attempt to remove it.

How is Cryptojacking Malware Deployed?

It will come as no surprise to learn the most common way computers are infected is via phishing emails. Cybercriminals send the phishing emails to unsuspecting victims, inviting them to click on a link, which either downloads the crypto-mining code directly, or redirects the victim to a compromised website.

The compromised website could be entirely genuine except for an injected script that automatically executes and will therefore fail to appear on URIBL or SURBL blacklists.  Cryptojacking detection is difficult for anti-virus software because scripts are constantly changing.

Although some security solutions are waking up to the threat of cryptojacking, there is no perfect cryptojacking blocker. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this malware strain is to stay ahead of the phishing methods being used to deploy cryptojacking, and the best way to stay ahead is with Cofense’s intelligence service.

Track the emerging phishing trends that define today’s threat landscape with ThreatHQ

Cofense Intelligence ThreatHQ offers intuitive, interactive, in-depth intelligence for improved phishing defense and strategic planning. You can now easily track emerging trends in phishing, research active threats, and supplement your highest-priority investigations. Our improved intelligence interface empowers you to move beyond indicators of compromise and pursue an informed strategic defense against today’s phishing attacks.

Once genuine threats are verified and confirmed, we issue detailed intelligence reports that not only alert organizations to new or emerging threats, but that also inform them of the URLs of compromised websites so access to the malware can be blocked by web filtering applications.

Stay Ahead of Cryptojacking Malware and Other Email-Borne Threats with Cofense

Cofense integrates seamlessly with more than twenty common security solutions in order that threats can be blocked faster through automation, while the depth of intelligence provided enables security teams to better understand the nature of the threats and their potential impact.

To find out more about Cofense Intelligence, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to organize a free demo of Cofense in action for you to better understand how your organization can stay ahead of email-borne threats with malware intelligence reports from Cofense. Try Cofense Intelligence Free for 90 days.