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New Apple Mac Malware Aims at Stealing User Crypto Data and Mining Koto Token

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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:29
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Yuri Molchan
A recently emerged crypto malware copies browser cookies of users from exchanges, passwords, bank card details to steal coins and installs mining hidden software
New Apple Mac Malware Aims at Stealing User Crypto Data and Mining Koto Token
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A report published by a cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks a short while ago claims that a new sort of malware has been created. “CookieMiner’ targets Mac computer users to get hold of their browser cookies generated after working with cryptocurrency-related websites: exchanges and wallets.

User details on exchanges and related to bank cards are at risk

The new malware is aimed at crypto exchanges, such as Binance, Bittrex, Coinbase, MyEtherWallet and Bitstamp. It also goes for any site that has the word ‘blockchain’ in the domain name, says the report.

The virus also steals bank card details of users, like Mastercard and Visa, Discover, American Express. One more target for it is usernames and passwords users save in their browsers and text messages in their iPhones that can open their crypto wallets.

Stealing these details, say the cybersecurity researches, can enable ill-wishers receive access to users’ accounts on crypto exchanges and on crypto wallets and let them withdraw all cryptos.

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Cryptojacking included

One more feature that this malware has is changing the victim’s PC system to let it secretly mine crypto. Unlike other hidden miners that mint Monero (XMR), this one is after Koto token, which is not so much famous on the crypto market at the moment.

The only protection against the new malicious software at the moment, seems Little Snitch firewall. If the virus finds this program running on a Mac, it withdraws and exits.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.