Cryptocurrency price monitoring app turns out to be a Trojan
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Malwarebytes cybersecurity experts report that cryptocurrency price monitoring app for macOS was actually a Trojan in disguise.
Over the weekend, a software developer and community member with the nickname 1vladimir discovered a suspicious feature in the CoinTicker monitoring service for changes in coin rates right on your Mac dashboard. After studying in detail, he found a script that automatically downloads two backdoors allowing a developer to remotely access and control a user's connected device.
The deliberately added app defect ran in the background and was well disguised as a standard product feature. The developer community confirmed the threat and immediately initiated the removal of the Github repository from which the malware was downloading backdoors. Some believe that CoinTicker was originally designed as a wrapper for the distribution of a Trojan.
So far, the number of infected devices is unknown, but the episode once again reminds of the tricks that hackers go to to gain access to the funds of crypto investors. Experts note that now more and more malware for hidden mining is being integrated into functional products and mobile wallets, so they recommend using proven applications and services..
To help virtual currency holders protect their savings, Japanese tech giant Sony announced the creation of a contactless hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies based on IC smart card technology.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: Unsplash