Microsoft has partnered with Intel to roll out a threat detection feature to protect endpoints from cryptojacking malware.

The new feature extends Intel’s Threat Detection Technology (TDT) function on Microsoft Defender to flag suspicious activities. It also mitigates the threats before they occur on the computer.

The boom of cryptocurrencies has brought about new threats in the industry, including crypto-jacking, which has been one of the industry’s pain points.

It involves hackers secretly installing malware on mobile devices, personal computers, and laptops for crypto mining. The malicious software steals power and resources from the system to mine cryptocurrencies.

Microsoft’s Principal Security Research Manager, Karthik Selvaraj, said that the partnership details the company’s commitment regarding “investments and collaboration with technology partners across the industry.”

Cryptojacking Attacks Already Declining

Frank Dickson, Program VP of Cybersecurity at International Data Corporation, remarked that the purpose of the partnership is to reduce occurrences of malware on Intel-based computers significantly.

The threat-detection feature activates multiple detectors to halt malware attacks before they occur without compromising the system’s performance. It ensures that there is no tradeoff between security and excellent user experience.

According to a report, cryptojacking attempts to mine Monero (XMR) have started declining for the first time in about three years.