This cryptocurrency malware incites users to download software and can steal data from 30 crypto wallets and browser extensions.
Crypto-Stealing Malware PennyWise: Crypto users looking for bitcoin mining software on YouTube should be wary of the dangerous malware spreading on it. According to a report, dangerous crypto malware named ‘PennyWise’ is spreading through the video platform YouTube. This cryptocurrency malware incites users to download software and can steal data from 30 crypto wallets and browser extensions. In such a situation, crypto users need to beware of these thieves.
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How dangerous is this malware
Not only hot wallets but also cold crypto wallets like Zcash, Armory, Bytecoin, Jaxx, Exodus, Ethereum, Electreum, Atomic Wallet, Guarda and Coinomi are reportedly being targeted through this cryptocurrency malware. According to cyber intelligence company Cyble, the PennyWise malware is an “emerging threat” that has developed recently.
Its link being spread to download malware
In a blog post on June 30, Cyble said that PennyWise was being promoted by thieves as a free bitcoin mining software. He has posted more than 80 YouTube videos containing links to download malware. People looking for bitcoin mining software on YouTube may fall prey to this malware. PennyWise targets over 30 Chrome-based browsers, over 5 Mozilla-based browsers, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Malware can take screenshots and steal data from chat applications like Discord and Telegram.
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what users to do
Users should always avoid downloading pirated software from un-verified websites. They should use strong passwords and update them at regular intervals. Users should also use multi-factor authentication. Always refrain from opening any links and emails.