Businesses operation can be negatively affected by Crypto-jacking.
Detecting the compromise of your system is quite challenging.
Cybercriminals are masters at creating programs that can evade detection that requires vigilance on the part of those who are watching over your information technology systems.
Decrease In Performance
A decrease in the performance of computing devices is a major symptom of crypto-jacking.
All computing hardware is susceptible.
One of the first signs of crypto-mining is system slowdown
Employees must report processing decreases to the person incharge of IT.
The resource-intensive process of crypto-jacking can cause computing devices to overheat.
Leading to computer damage or decrease in the lifespan of your computing devices.
Overheating devices require fans to run longer in an attempt to cool down the system.
Check CPU Usage
Be sure to both monitor and analyze your CPU usage.
Use the Activity Monitor or Task Manager to do this.
If there’s an increase in CPU usage when users are on a website with little or no media content, it’s a sign of crypto-mining scripts running.
Cybercriminals are constantly looking for placed to embed there crypto-mining code.
It is essential that you monitor your website for any changes to the files or webpages served there.
Early detection can prevent loss by crypto-jacking.
Pay Attention to New Trends in Crypto-jacking
Modification of code and delivery is how Cybercriminals work to embed their cypto-jacking scripts.
Taking a pro-active approach to watching the latest trends will help you detect any attempts to crypto-jacking on your network and devices.
How to Prevent Cryptojacking: Tips and Tactics
Although it’s challenging to identify a computer compromised by crypto-jacking, you can take preventative measures to protect your systems.
Train Your IT Team
Train your employees about the signs of an attack the steps they should use to figure out what is actually happening.
Educate employees about the importance of notifying the person in charge of IT when their computers are having issues especially when it relates to slowness or overheating.
Educate employees about clicking on email-links that might execute crypto-jacking code and only downloading from trusted links.
The same rule applies to any personal email on your own devices.
Use Anti-Cryptomining Extensions
Use browser extensions to block crypto-miners across the web, such as MinerBlock, No Coin, and Anti Miner.
Web ads are familiar places for crypto-jacking scripts to be embedded. Using an ad-blocker can both detect and block malicious crypto-mining code.