At CES 2021, arguably the world's most influential and significant tech event, Intel made an important announcement regarding its historic eleventh generation of chips.

The latest designs will feature hardware-based ransomware detection protocols, which should make those types of attacks less likely to succeed.

In 2020, ransomware became the attack vector of choice for hackers worldwide. It's easy to see why. After all, it sets up a win-win for hackers. First, it brings an infected network to its knees, disrupting commerce and communications. It has got an outright end to many companies unable to recover from a successful attack.

Second, it gives the hackers plenty of time to slip into the breached network and exfiltrate any files they like. Typically, hackers go for the high-value stuff first, like personally identifiable employee and customer information used in identity theft, payment card data, etc. However, hackers are also often interested in proprietary company data that can be sold to rival firms. Taken together, the stolen data represents a significant payday for hackers.

Then, the hackers demand a hefty ransom in exchange for the decryption keys, which ultimately get the compromised network back on its feet. If the company refuses to pay, hackers will increasingly likely publish some stolen data to embarrass the company in question, leading to further financial impacts.

All that to say, ransomware is a desirable option from a hacker's perspective, and anything that can be done to make that kind of attack less likely to succeed is a welcome addition.

That's where Intel's TDT (Threat Detection Technology) comes into play. It creates an additional layer of security designed to shield a device from malicious code injections. How effective it will remain to be seen, but it's an exciting development. Kudos to Intel.

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