A new malware campaign monitors victim computer clipboards for your Bitcoin and Ethereum addresses to steal coins. The robust malware named ClipboardWalletHijacker has infected around 300,000 computers within one week. Researchers from the 360 Security Center have discovered a new malware targeting Bitcoin and Ethereum users. The Trojan named ‘ClipboardWalletHijacker’ literally hijacks a victim computer’s clipboard to hunt for Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet addresses. It then replaces the victim addresses with that of the hackers to redirect cryptocurrency to the hackers wallet. Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline commented below.
Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline:
“Enterprise security deployments, will not be concerned by this type of threat. The payback for the malware authors seems pretty low too, with just 1 in 30,000 infections resulting in a transfer of bitcoin so far totalling less than $1,000. They have been a bit more successful with Etherium so far, stealing $1500 worth.
Liberty Life in South Africa was breached late last week, with the hackers demanding a ransom payment to keep quiet about the customer data that was stolen, this could be the first GDPR active data breach. This is what is keeping CISO’s awake at night; I doubt they are losing sleep over an employees bitcoin wallet.”