Their Story Chats At Black Hat Conference 2018 | Nick Bilogorskiy From Juniper Networks

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A Their Story interview with John Dasher

ITSPmagazine’s John Dasher sat down at Black Hat 2018 with Nick Bilogorskiy from Juniper Networks to chat about malware, ransomware, new cryptocurrency attacks (“crypto jacking”) and how Juniper can help protect you by keeping your network clean and clear.

Nick is a cybersecurity strategist and his specialty is malware — and now cryptocurrency attacks like ransomware and crypto jacking.

While ransomware attacks take your data hostage and make you pay with bitcoins to get it back, crypto jacking involves the attacker taking over your CPU and exploiting it to mine cryptocurrency on your machine and then selling it.
— Nick Bilgorskiy

So they’re not going after your data, but rather your CPU (PC, phone) and hijacking it. Ransomware focuses on bitcoin (an older coin) while crypto jacking focuses on other recent coins, like Monero and Zcash and Ethereum.

There are a lot of new innovations with cryptocurrency — previously they’ve seen malwartising/malvertising, but now cyber criminals have become very innovative about how they get that Monero. For example, they install plugins in browsers at Internet cafes and that way everyone who comes in to use those computers, they’re actually mining Monero for them.

Juniper Networks offers high-performance network solutions (including routers, switches, network management software, network security products and software-defined networking technology) to help service providers, enterprises and the public sector create value and accelerate success.

Learn more about Juniper Networks here.

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