Malware has been making the rounds in the Bitcoin [BTC] space, emerging with a very subtle approach. The malware in question is known as Cryptocurrency Clipboard Hijackers and works by taking over control of the Windows clipboard.
As the addresses used to send and receive Bitcoins are usually very long, users often copy and paste these addresses when they need to transact coins. The malware takes advantage of this fallacy and monitors the Windows clipboard for wallet addresses. The process runs in the background of everyday tasks until the user copies a wallet address to the clipboard.
Upon finding a wallet address, the malware swaps it out for an address controlled by the attacker upon pasting. This way, if the original recipient’s address is not double checked, the Bitcoins may be sent to the other address, resulting in a loss of coins.
According to a report by Bleeping Computer, a sample of this malware monitors a whopping 2.3 million wallet addresses. It is reportedly a part of the malware package that comes with a software known as “All-Radio 4.27 Portable.”
The malware installs a DLL file known as d3dx11_31.dll and runs an executable known as “DirectX 11” that executes the DLL when the user logs into the computer.
It is important to note that these kind of viruses are easy to protect against using modern security solutions. A deep antivirus scan is recommended to keep computers clean of any such malicious software. The issue can be avoided altogether by not visiting suspicious websites, and scanning downloaded files for viruses.
This is just one of the many different ways malicious acting characters aim to steal digital currencies. Cryptocurrency thefts are one of the biggest problems communities face as a whole, as the space filled with giveaway scams and phishing attempts.
Even as this is the case, thieves have stolen $1.1 billion in crypto by just using malware alone, as reported by cybersecurity firm Carbon Black. Rick McElroy, a strategist at the firm, spoke about the malware, stating:
“You just have to able to log in and be able to buy the thing. You can call customer support and they’ll give you tips.”
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