Feb 19, 2023

Malicious Software Targeting Crypto Investors Detected

Crypto investors have been warned to be on the lookout for two new malicious computer programs that have been actively targeting them since December 2022. The two malicious files in question — MortalKombat ransomware and Laplas Clipper malware — have been identified by threat intelligence research team, Cisco Talos. The victims of the malicious software are predominantly located in the United States, with smaller percentages in the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Philippines.

The malicious software work in partnership to steal information stored in the user’s clipboard, which is usually a string of letters and numbers copied by the user. The infection then detects wallet addresses copied onto the clipboard and replaces them with a different address, thereby sending the cryptocurrencies to the unidentified attacker.

Once infected, the MortalKombat ransomware encrypts the user’s files and drops a ransom note with payment instructions. The attack relies on the user’s inattentiveness to the sender’s wallet address, which would send the cryptocurrencies to the attacker.

The malicious software is propagated by an attacker-controlled server located in Poland. According to Talos’ analysis, the server is running an RDP crawler, scanning the internet for exposed RDP port 3389.

The attack starts with a cryptocurrency-themed email containing a malicious attachment. The attachment runs a BAT file that helps download and execute the ransomware when opened.

In order to protect their financial well-being, investors are advised to perform extensive due diligence before investing, while ensuring the official source of communications. Additionally, investors should take proactive measures to protect their crypto assets from malicious attacks.

On the flip side, ransomware revenues for attackers have plummeted 40% to $456.8 million in 2022, according to Chainalysis. This doesn’t necessarily mean the number of attacks is down from the previous year, however.

In the wake of the ransomware attack, NFTs have become an increasingly popular way to promote and sell crypto assets. NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a type of digital asset that can be used to represent a wide variety of digital and physical assets. NFTs offer investors an opportunity to market and promote their crypto assets in a unique and engaging way.

NFTs are becoming a popular tool for crypto investors to use for marketing and promotion. NFT marketing can take many forms, from creating and selling NFTs on popular platforms such as OpenSea and Rarible, to using Twitter for NFT marketing and promotion. There are even NFT marketing agencies that specialize in helping investors promote their NFTs.

By leveraging the power of NFTs, crypto investors can protect their assets from malicious attacks, while also taking advantage of the unique opportunities for promotion and marketing that NFTs offer.

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