Receiving Bitcoin investment related emails could cause a Windows clipboard hijacker to be installed on your computer, researchers warn. The new malware spam campaign that aims to steal bitcoins from its victims is currently underway; it’s still unknown how many devices are affected.
Fake Bitcoin Investment Scam Discovered
While scams have almost always been synonymous with the internet, few could have predicted the cryptocurrency boom would bring about such a large number of malicious attacks. Last year has seen almost $3 billion worth of crypto lost or stolen in scams and hacks, wreaking havoc among less sophisticated (and even security conscious) users.
Source: Bleeping Computer
Many of the hundreds of thefts in 2018 have been textbook examples of scams, but experts have pointed out that there has been a steady increase of rather innovative ways to rob people of out their cryptocurrency.
The latest scam that has shaken the crypto industry was discovered on Mar. 12th, and it resembled some of the old email marketing scams that were present in the early 2000s.
Security website My Online Security was the first to report on the scam, as the people running the website received a series of Bitcoin investment related emails. According to Bleeping Computer, the emails had a subject line that included “FW: Review BTC” or “FW: Review Your New Bitcoin International Investment Update 2019” and contained an archive attachment.
Email Attachment Actually a Crypto Clipboard Hijacker
While it might not seem like it does anything,