Google Cloud Adds Crypto Mining Malware Threat Detection Service

The company's new Virtual Machine Threat Detection (VMTD) will be able to identify threats from coin mining, data exfiltration and ransomware.

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Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:56 p.m. UTC
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Google Cloud said it's adding Virtual Machine Threat Detection (VMTD), which will help detect threats including malware that mines crypto currency on a compromised account.

  • “VMTD is a first-to-market detection capability from a major cloud provider that provides agentless memory scanning to help detect threats like crypto-mining malware inside your virtual machines running in Google Cloud,” according to a blog post from Google.
  • The move comes after the company said in November that compromised Google Cloud accounts were used by 86% of “malicious actors” to mine cryptocurrencies.
  • VMTD will also be able to protect Google Cloud Platform customers against attacks such as data exfiltration and ransomware, the blog said.
  • The measure is being rolled out as “public preview,” and Google will integrate VMTD with other parts of its service over the next few months.


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