UPDATED 30th JULY 2018

No-one wants their devices hijacked for crypto mining so Deteque, a division of Spamhaus, has added a new layer of security with the introduction a ‘Cryptominer’ zone as part of its DNS Firewall Threat Feeds.

bit coin with pick axe and text saying Crypto miner protection added to DNS Firewall feed

Deteques new crypto miner zone added to DNS firewall feed

Deteque researchers are constantly tracking the networks of crypto miners who use adverts, often on legitimate websites, to run JavaScript and other code that can drain processing power via the browser for crypto mining without any actual malware being installed on a user’s machine.

With the new zone included in an organization’s DNS management, users will still get access to the websites they want to visit, but the adverts used for crypto mining are blocked as part of the DNS resolution process. This way malicious adverts are blocked before a connection is made a so there is no need for dedicated software or tools on an individual’s device.

The Cryptominer Zone is accessible as part of the Diverse category of our DNS Firewall response policy zone data feeds. Find out more.

DNS Firewall Threat Data from Deteque is currently used by ISPs, corporations and public institutions world-wide. Find out more.

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