Kaspersky: Virtual Currency Bitcoin et al Vulnerable to Malware Attack
Kaspersky Lab warns of vulnerabilities that should be wary of virtual currency such as bitcoin and others.
Wednesday (7/2/2018), Kaspersky Lab experts observed, there are so many malware attacks against this virtual currency.
For example, malware that mined bitcoin with botnet or trojan that can hack bitcoin wallet and steal bitcoin from this storage.
Not only that, there are also botnet malware that has the ability to infiltrate the victim’s computer and use the victim’s computer processor to be a productive bitcoin miner.
Attacks also continue to occur in the virtual currency exchange. For example the attack against the largest virtual currency exchange in the United States, BitFloor.
Because of this attack, BitFloor stopped operating in 2012, precisely after the attacker managed to infiltrate the server and stole the virtual currency worth US $ 250,000 (equivalent to Rp 3.5 billion).
Latest, the largest virtual currency exchange in Japan Coincheck also conceded a virtual money worth US $ 530 million (about Rp 7.1 trillion). The above cases show the security system and the regulation of the virtual currency is still weak.
General Manager of SEA Kaspersky Lab Sylvia Ng said, the increased bitcoin value makes samples of bitcoin malware increasingly widespread and increasing day by day.
“It is very common that we later find trojans distributed via messages and botnets for mining using mobile devices like Loapi or other very sophisticated threats with mining capabilities,” he said.
He also mentioned, another trend to watch out for is the activity of cyber criminals who not only use malware but also offer services and illegal products in the deep web.