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Crypto Theft Alert: New Malware Hijacks Coins via Phony VPN Services

Mon, 04/03/2023 - 15:26
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Alex Dovbnya
Cybersecurity experts have identified novel malware strain called OpcJacker, which has been compromising cryptocurrency users since mid-2022
Crypto Theft Alert: New Malware Hijacks Coins via Phony VPN Services
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Cybersecurity specialists have uncovered OpcJacker, a new malware strain, that has been targeting cryptocurrency users since mid-2022.

This malicious software spreads via counterfeit VPN services and uses a unique configuration approach to make analyzing its code flow challenging for experts.

The malware's primary functions include recording user input, capturing screenshots, stealing sensitive browser data, loading extra modules and swapping cryptocurrency addresses in the clipboard to hijack transactions. Researchers have observed that malicious software is disseminated through various schemes, including those that disguise it as cryptocurrency-related applications or legitimate software.

Earlier this year, fraudulent ads aimed at Iranian users impersonated legitimate VPN services. Victims were deceived into downloading a malware-infected archive file by being redirected to a compromised website.

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The malware operates by modifying a legitimate library within an installed application, which subsequently loads another harmful library.

This library assembles and executes a shellcode responsible for loading and running the malware from data chunks stored in different file formats.

The loader, which has been active for over a year, underwent minor modifications before incorporating an entirely new payload consisting of data-stealing and hijacking capabilities.

Users are advised to be cautious when downloading VPN services or cryptocurrency-related applications from unfamiliar websites.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with 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, can be contacted at