Microsoft Warns Cryptocurrency Owners of Malware

Microsoft Security Intelligence (MSI) on 27 August warned Windows users who hold cryptocurrency that their money in crypto wallets might be at risk due to a malware. 

Malware is the collective name for a number of malicious software variants, including viruses, ransomware, and spyware. Malicious software typically consists of code developed by cyber-attackers. It also causes extensive damage to data and systems or gains unauthorised access to a network, according to Forcepoint.

“A new info-stealing malware we first saw being sold in the cybercriminal underground in June is now actively distributed in the wild. The malware is called Anubis and uses code forked from Loki malware to steal system info, credentials, credit card details, cryptocurrency wallets.

Microsoft via Twitter

Moreover, the company added that the new malware shares a name with an unrelated family of Android banking malware. Anubis emerged in limited campaigns that have so far only used a handful of known download URLs and C2 servers.

Microsoft Defender ATP detects the new malware as PWS:MSIL/Anubis.G!MTB. We will continue to monitor this threat for the possible expansion of these campaigns.

Microsoft via Twitter

When users download Anubis, the malware sends their information to command and control servers via an HTTP POST command.

Moreover, cybersecurity experts suggested that the way to avoid the download is not to click on any email that seems fishy.

Because the original code Loki used social engineering techniques to target its victims, sending attachments via email, which, once clicked on, would install the malware, according to Cointelegraph.

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a bilingual journalist. She writes in both Arabic and English. She has been writing news and features for 7 years now. She is specialized in business and economic news.