A technical support site, Bleeping Computer is sending a big message to users to double-check cryptocurrency wallet addresses before sending transactions due to a serious issue with a particular piece of malware. The malware is able to redirect transactions and its creators are said to now be monitoring over two million cryptocurrency addresses.
According to a notice on the company’s website, the malware is able to monitor Windows Clipboard to check for cryptocurrency wallet addresses. Bleeping Computer founder and computer forensics scientist Lawrence Abrahams explained, “This type of malware, called CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijackers, works by monitoring the Windows clipboard for cryptocurrency addresses, and if one is detected, will swap it out with an address that they control.”
Bleeping Computer also indicated that the malware could be monitoring up to 2.3 million addresses, all of which are at risk of being replaced by addresses that are controlled by the hackers. The malware sits in the background with no evidence that it is running, making it extremely difficult to know that a computer has been infected.
“It is important to always have an updated antivirus solution installed to protect you from these particular types of threats. It is also very important that all cryptocurrency users to double-check any addresses that they are sending crypto-coins to before they actually send them,” said Abrahams.