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Fake company pushes phony cryptocurrency app to spread Mac malware

It appears North Korean hackers have revisited a tried-and-true scheme to attack Mac owners who work at cryptocurrency exchanges: creating a fake company and corresponding cryptocurrency trading app that actually infects users with malware. Researcher Patrick Wardle, creator of OS X security firm Objective-See, reported in a blog post late last week that malicious actors…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

InnfiRAT malware hunts for cryptocurrency info, browser cookie data

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown remote access trojan called InnfiRAT, capable of data exfiltration and digital spying. InnfiRAT searches for users’ cryptocurrency wallet information (Bitcoin and Litecoin included), and steals browser cookie data in order to obtain victims’ usernames, passwords and session data. This information is then sent to a malicious command-and-control server, explain…
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Cybercrime, Security News

Six arrested in European heist that netted $27.3M in cryptocurrency

Six people in the U.K. and Netherlands were arrested on charges stemming from the theft of €24 million, $27.3 million, worth of cryptocurrency. The arrest was carried out by the U.K.’s South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SW RCCU) in a joint operation with the Dutch police (Politie), Europol, Eurojust and the UK’s National Crime…
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Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook announced its own cryptocurrency Libra that will be backed and controlled by the Libra Association which also includes founding members Uber, Lyft and Spotify. The platform will allow users to buy and send money without racking up as many fees as traditional financial platforms. Users can buy or cash out the cryptocurrency at local…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

GateHub hit for $9.5 million worth of cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency wallet service GateHub was hit by a cyber heist that netted 23.2 million Ripple coins (XRP), worth nearly $9.5 million. The incident is still under investigation, but researchers at the firm believe the hacker abused its API to carry out the attacks, albeit it is unsure how. “We have however detected an increased…
Opinion, Security News

Double jeopardy: Data center security and the threat of cryptocurrency mining

By Liviu Arsene, senior e-threat analyst, Bitdefender Cybercrime is motivated by financial gain, be it in the form of money or data that can be monetized. Experts estimate the cybercrime industry nets trillions in illicit profits while causing significant financial and reputational damage to organizations. Organizations agree that their security risks have increased in the…
Cybercrime, Security News

Rocke malware disables cloud security before mining cryptocurrency

A new Linux cryptocurrency mining malware used by the Rocke group can evade detection from cloud security protocols by disabling them. Palo Alto’s Unit 42 researchers spotted what appears to be the first malware family that can target and remove cloud security products, according to a blog post. “Public cloud infrastructure is one of the…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Researchers claim serious vulnerabilities in hardware cryptocurrency wallets

Some of the most popular cryptocurrency hardware wallets were found to be vulnerable to firmware, side-channel, microcontroller and supply-chain attacks, although manufacturers are maintaining their products are secure. Researchers  Dmitry Nedospasov, Thomas Roth and Josh Datko demonstrated the vulnerabilities dubbed “wallet.fail” in a range of cryptocurrency wallets including Trezor One, Ledger Nano S, and Ledger…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Phishing campaign spreading CARROTBAT dropper focuses on cryptocurrency, Korean interests

A phishing campaign targeting the Korean peninsula is using a malicious dropper called CARROTBAT to deliver decoy documents and secondary payloads such as remote access trojans to its victims. Dubbed Fractured Block, the campaign began last March, but has noticeably picked up steam in the last three months, according to a blog post by Josh…
Cybercrime, Security News

It’s a front? Mac cryptocurrency ticker actually installs backdoors

A cryptocurrency ticker app is installing backdoors onto the devices of unsuspecting Mac users for purposes that are as of yet unclear. An app advertised as CoinTicker appears to be a legitimate application that could potentially be useful to someone who has invested in cryptocurrencies as it promises to display real-time cryptocurrency prices including those of…
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