New Type of Malware Steals Your BitCoins When You Copy and Paste!
Kaspersky Labs, a prominent security firm in Russia has recently identified a new type of trojan horse that fools crypto users into sending their coins to a wallet belonging to an attacker rather than their intended recipient.
This new type of malware, CryptoShuffler, simply monitors the clipboard of an infected user for a tell-tale cryptocurrency address to be copied. Once it identifies a wallet / exchange address on the clipboard, it waits for the infected user to paste the address (presumably into a TO field when sending funds) at which point it swaps the address for a wallet belonging to the attacker.
“This Trojan clearly demonstrates that an infected computer or smartphone will not necessarily slow down or display ransom messages. On the contrary, many kinds of malware try to keep a low profile and to operate as stealthily as possible.”
Kaspersky security experts have researched the attackers wallets, cryptocurrencies used and transaction records and have found there to be upwards of $200,000 stolen to-date using CryptoShuffler.
Make sure you double-check addresses when sending crypto until this gets addressed!