Intel Processors to recognize ransomware attacks at hardware level


Intel, an American company that offers silicon processors to be used in Computers has unveiled a new series of CPUs that will have a Hardware Shield and TDT features that can detect ransomware attacks at hardware level- much below the anti-virus software.

Dubbed as 11th Generation Intel Core vPro CPUs, the newly developed silicon wafers are designed to detect file encrypting malware detections with the help of Threat Detection Technology (TDT) inducted into Hardware Shield.

Cybersecurity Company Cybereason from Boston has also announced that it will bring supporting security software that will be in conjugation with latest hardware by March 2021.

Therefore, Intel’s vPro set of processors will be the first of its kind to detect ransomware attacks at the hardware level and will soon be joined by AMD working on a similar project that could be brought to light by the end of this year.

According to a press release from Intel, Hardware Shield is a technology that locks the BIOS with TDT and will assist the processor in detecting any possibly malicious code in CPU telemetry. The data will be then shared with the security software that in-turn will help it detect the malware hiding at places that are usually ignored by anti-malware solutions.

As most of the Ransomware strains like RYUK and Maze avoid being detected by anti-malware solutions, Intel plans to block such cyber threats by keeping a hardware shield at the processor level of the computer that can track down ransomware codes hiding at virtual machines level.

Pretty soon, Intel will also add the Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) to all its future generation of processors that will help shield systems against malware attacks that use Return Oriented Programming (ROP), Jump Oriented Programming (JOP), and Call Oriented Programming (COP) tech that help hackers to hijack apps or devices.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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