Feb 19, 2023
Malicious Crypto Scammers Target Investors Since Dec 2022
As the world of crypto continues to expand, so too does the threat of malicious software targeting investors. Two new malicious programs, MortalKombat ransomware and Laplas Clipper malware, have been actively targeting crypto investors since December 2022, according to Cisco Talos, the threat intelligence research team.
Victims of the malicious campaign are predominantly located in the United States, with a smaller percentage of victims in the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Philippines. The attack works by replacing wallet addresses that are copied onto a user’s clipboard with a different address, making it difficult to trace the source of the attack.
The attack begins with a cryptocurrency-themed email containing a malicious attachment. Once opened, a BAT file runs and downloads and executes the ransomware, encrypting the user’s files and dropping a ransom note with payment instructions.
Cisco Talos also revealed the download links associated with the attack campaign, which reach an attacker-controlled server via IP address 193[.]169[.]255[.]78, based in Poland.
To keep crypto assets safe, Cointelegraph Magazine recommends investors perform extensive due diligence before investing, and ensure the official source of communications.
Unfortunately, ransomware revenues for attackers have plummeted 40% to $456.8 million in 2022, according to Chainalysis. The figures don’t necessarily mean the number of attacks is down from the previous year, however.
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