A New Malware in the Town: CookieMiner Tries to Hack Cryptocurrency Exchange Accounts

Kathleen Jordan
By Kathleen Jordan
Posted on Feb. 1, 2019
A New Malware in the Town: CookieMiner Tries to Hack Cryptocurrency Exchange Accounts

Apple Mac users have a new threat looming above their internet surfing regime. A malware program called CookieMiner is scooping out the cookies & data from the cyber systems of the cryptocurrency exchanges. This new malware then hacks into users’ account, as reported by the Palo Alto Networks reported on January 31.

CookieMiner, a progression of OSX.DarthMiner, is a malware targets Mac users, stealing saved Google Chrome passwords, iPhone SMS messages and iTunes backups on tethered machines and more.

Along with the cookies, the goal of the malware is to gain access to cryptocurrency exchange accounts. According to Palo Alto, the hackers assume a combination of the stolen data would allow them to bypass the multi-layer authentication that many exchange users set up to provide additional security.

“If successful, the attackers would have full access to the victim’s exchange account and/or wallet and be able to use those funds as if they were the user themselves,” the firm summarized.

As its name suggests, the malware also installs cryptocurrency mining features.

The investigating authorities like always, have suggested all the users to ensure their security setups to prevent these new form of malware from breaching the safety code and from hijacking the digital assets.

The discovery is just the latest malware to seek out cryptocurrency users as its victims. As Cointelegraph has reported, multiple malicious entities have attempted to take advantage of lax security setups in order to compromise novice crypto traders.

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