Safeonline Emerging Technology Risks: Cryptojacking

Introduction

In the past, ransomware has trumped other methods as the most popular form of cyber espionage. Over the past year however, there has been a spike in criminals searching for new opportunities for revenue generation. Considering the astronomical rise in the value of cryptocurrency, it is unsurprising that they have identified coin-mining as a preferable method. This term has been coined ‘cryptojacking’, and is likely to be contributing significantly to the reported 8,500% increase in detection of coin-miners (Symantec, 2018).

Cryptojacking is defined as ‘a form of cyber attack in which a hacker hijacks a target’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency on the hacker’s behalf.’

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Safeonline Emerging Technology Risks: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the processing of machines and computer systems to stimulate human intelligence; this can include learning, reasoning and self-correction. There are multiple versions of AI and they are most commonly split into two categories; weak AI, and strong AI. Weak AI is a system that is trained for a specific task, for example a virtual personal assistant such as Apple’s Siri. Strong AI on the other hand, is an AI system with generalised human cognitive abilities so that when it is presented with an unfamiliar task it has the intelligence to find a comprehensive solution.

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