According to the announcement, BlackBerry released “BlackBerry Optics v2.5.1100”.
It relies on the BlackBerry Optics Context Analysis Engine, or CAE, to leverage CPU telemetry from Intel Threat Detection Technology to provide enterprises with advanced malware software.
BlackBerry and @Intel have teamed up to provide a robust defense against cryptojackers called #cryptosmacking. Learn how it works: https://t.co/ovZ3y8w0FQ pic.twitter.com/K96zBU86js — BlackBerry (@BlackBerry) June 17, 2020
This main purpose of the software is to detect cryptojacking attempts.
Organizations could use the software to mitigate and detect such threats with “greater precision and consistent results”.
The software works across all types of workloads executing on the Windows 10 operating system.
Josh Lemos, VP of research and intelligence at BlackBerry Cylance stated that given the cost associated with mining cryptocurrency and the payments of ransomware demands are on the decline, cryptojacking becomes “an attractive option” to generate revenue:
“With our new cryptojacking detection and response capabilities, we’re looking to make this practice a thing of the past, providing enterprises and their employees with a turn-key solution that will enable them to thwart cryptojacking attempts and ensure their software and hardware are used for their intended purposes.”
Stephanie Hallford, Intel’s vice president of the client computing group and general manager of business client platforms said:
“Building on top of the built-for-business Intel vPro platform, enabled by Intel Hardware Shield, BlackBerry takes advantage of hardware visibility to offer advanced security protection, and we applaud them for this release.”