CookieMiner Virus Steals Crypto Currency From Mac Users
Palo Alto Networks company, specialized in computer security, revealed a new virus called «CookieMiner» which steals cryptocurrencies from Mac users and uses their computers to mine cryptocurrencies.
It is reported that the virus taps cookies related to popular crypto currency exchanges and wallets in a browser. Malware is designed for capture of data from Binance, Coinbase, Poloniex, Bittrex and Bitstamp exchanges, as well as from MyEtherWallet. In addition, the virus focuses on any site which has “blockchain” in its domain name.
Also, the virus tries to get information about credit cards issued by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. In addition, the passwords stored in Chrome and data contained in text messages on iPhone are at risk. The program also copies private keys of crypto currency wallets. If hackers access this data, they can steal users’ funds from their accounts on the exchanges and crypto currency wallets.
Computer security specialists told that CookieMiner was trying to undergo authentication process to steal account data combination needed for signing in, as well as text messages and cookies.
But this is not the whole story – the virus uploads cryptocurrency mining program to user’s computer. Usually, such malware mines Monero, but CookieMiner mines less well-known cryptocurrency called Koto.
The researchers calls Mac users for being careful about their data. It is noteworthy that if the virus finds Little Snitch firewall on user’s computer, it will destroy itself.
To recap, earlier, McAfee company’s specialists warned Internet users about a new virus – Anatova – which might potentially become very dangerous.