The owners of cryptocurrencies are warned by Russian based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs that their money isn’t safe in their private wallets. A CryptoShuffler Trojan is spread out to steal coins by replacing wallet addresses on a user’s clipboard.For transfers, they copy and paste wallet data. The clipboard function on computers is utilized therefore no wallet is considered safe.
According to cyber researchers, the Trojan has been introduced for around more than a year and has already caused a substantial amount of damage in a short while. Kaspersky reports that,
“…cybercriminals have already managed to steal 23 Bitcoins, which is the equivalent of approximately $140,000 (as of the end of October). In addition, thousands of dollars of other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ethereum, Zcash and Dogecoin, have been accumulated.”
To keep your funds safe and to protect yourself from attacks, carefully check wallet addresses you’ve inputted during every transaction.
Normally, users simply copy, paste and send money without rechecking the address. This ideology is being exploited by the Trojan developers and hence Kaspersky warns users to take precautions. Utilization of an antivirus and anti-malware system is advised to detect and remove malicious programs. Owners should be alert in order to protect their funds as cryptocurrency trade is growing rapidly with increased risks.