Computer experts at Zscaler ThreatLabZ have discovered a new type of malware that targets users of digital currencies. The company announced the discovery of a new Remote Access Trojan (RAT) in a post it posted on its blog Aug8, according to Quintelgraf.
This Trojan can take control of the management functions of the target computer and retrieve the browser history, using it to gain access to user activities in the fields of digital currencies, credit cards, business, social networks and other valuable stored information.
To write this malware, known as Saefko, .NET was used. .NET is a software framework developed by Microsoft and used to develop a wide range of applications. The company writes:
Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are usually downloaded by opening email attachments or installing a user-infected program or game.
This malware enables the attacker to freely control the target computer (the victim) by enabling management control over the system.
An attacker can easily perform activities such as monitoring user's online behavior by registering keylogging keys, accessing confidential information, activating the system camera, taking screenshots, formatting the hard drive, and activities. Like this.
Zscaler recommends that people avoid downloading or opening files from untrusted sites. The company also recommends that network administrators combat this malware by shutting down and shutting down unused ports and services and monitoring network outgoing traffic.
The world of digital currencies is full of malware
Earlier this week, news emerged that a government-run Chinese cyber spy unit, known as APT41, was targeting digital currencies and video game businesses.
Researchers at FireEye have claimed that the group's other purpose is to gather information before events such as mergers or acquisitions, as well as major political events.
ESET Cyber Security also identified a stubborn digital currency miner in June that has been active on Mac and Windows operating systems since August.
The malware, known as LoudMiner, extracts digital currency using Virtualbox software in Windows and QEMU in macOS (macOS) by building a small virtual Linux. Using this method allows the malware to infect computers with different operating systems.
In another report, digital currency information security company CipherTrace estimated the value of digital currencies lost in robberies and fraud in the first three months of 2019 to $ 356 million.
That number will rise to $ 851 million by adding lost funds to embezzlement and other scams at the same time.
The amounts stolen in the first three months of this year amount to 70% of the funds lost in 2018, a warning that hacker activity in the early months of this year has more than doubled from the previous year.