Microsoft’s first full version of its chromium-based browser Microsoft Edge has hit the market with substantial enhancements and various updates made over the existing one. However, the crux lies in the crypto-related stuff it offers. Microsoft has kept up with the increasing threats of cryptocurrency miners, and it comprises of security features to tackle such treacherous activities.
Software programs and malware components are used in such a way that a computer’s resources are hacked and then utilize for crypto mining, with the owner of the computer completely unaware of the ongoing malicious activity. Don Sharp, from Windows Report, remarked :
“Microsoft Edge users will soon be able to navigate the web without the risk of unintentionally downloading crypto miners. This feature targets the ‘less reputable’ sources that infect sites or online ads with crypto-mining code, which executes stealthily after loading in the victim’s browser.”
Microsoft Principal Program Manager, Eric Lawrence is boasting that the new security feature is a massive update over the cloud-based-phishing and Safebrowing blockers which are currently considered the best in business.
Crypto mining attacks have grown at an alarming rate in the last few years. For example, the Cyber Security Reports states that crypto-mining attacks will triumph over the rest of the cyber-criminal activity. The report also concludes that cloud infrastructure will be targeted massively and the cyber-attacks, which involves crypto mining, pose a severe threat to the whole cyber spectrum.
Most recently, late basketball superstar Kobe Bryant’s wallpaper was misused to plant a Monero cryptocurrency mining malware, as reported by security intelligence unit.
While the world mourns the loss of an NBA legend, cybercriminals are, as expected, taking advantage of the tragedy. We found a malicious HTML file posing as a Kobe Bryant wallpaper that contains a coin mining script. pic.twitter.com/w2JwPvqFy5
The malware suggests Coinhive, which was Hacker’s preference to mine Monero coins nefariously. The window reports writer, says the new security features of Microsoft Edge are useful but warns users about not being ignoramus towards the rest.