ESET Antivirus Discovers New Type of Malware That Can Steal Your Crypto

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Thu, 10/03/2019 - 18:37
Alex Dovbnya
ESET has discovered a virus that can replace an address copied to one’s clipboard
Cover image via U.Today

Slovakia-based antivirus software maker ESET has unveiled a new type of banking trojans that can empty your crypto wallet.

According to the company’s study, the new beasts on the block are part of the Casbaneiro (Metamorfo) family. These viruses are primarily popular in Latin America where cryptocurrency adoption is on the rise.

Casbaneiro simulates mouse and keyboard actions and takes screenshots through the backdoor to steal sensitive data. 

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The most important part is that the attacker is able to hijack the victim’s clipboard data and replace it with his own. For example, when you want to send Bitcoin to somebody’s wallet, you coins will be sent to an address you never intended to paste.  

ESET experts recommend that users follow basic security rules when entering personal data to make online payments, and use reliable software to protect their devices," ESET said.

Earlier, U.Today reported about cryptojacking malware that infiltrated 500,000 computers in order to mine Monero.

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.