US Energy Department Floats Solution to Cryptojacking – CoinDesk – CoinDesk

US Energy Department Floats Solution to Cryptojacking – CoinDesk – CoinDesk

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are asking the private sector for help in commercializing a super-powerful cryptojacking detection algorithm that government officials believe can help datacenters overcome crypto-mining malware.

Disclosed but sparsely described in a Feb. 23 contract opportunity, the technology can sniff out illicit mining software, which harness hosts’ spare computing power to mine cryptocurrencies with extreme accuracy. This detection software combats the “increasing threat” of burrowed cryptojacking malware, an expensive specter DOE said menaces data centers globally.

Indeed, cryptojackers have been caught hijacking data farms, government computers, major banks, medical research supercomputers, and hundreds of websites to mine crypto, netting their developers millions of dollars – often in privacy coins like monero. They cost their developers nothing but can drain electricity and computing resources from unwitting victim hosts.

DOE officials at the Idaho National Laboratory are now keen to head off cryptojackers by offering their detection technology to private sector partners.

Here’s how the tech works in (relatively) simple terms: DOE’s invention scans legitimate-seeming data processing applications for hidden cryptojackers that otherwise turn entire datacenters into zombie cryptocurrency mining farms. It spots these exploits reliably using a deep learning mechanism that researchers say is far more accurate than up/down vetting known as binary classification.