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Bitcoin stealing malware distributed on for nearly a year

Bitcoin stealing malware that swaps user accounts with that of the attacker was found to be hosted on servers for nearly a year.

Cryptocurrency mining attacks increasing exponentially, no end in sight

Cryptocurrency miners are seemingly working away under every rock on the internet and there is good reason. It's an almost guaranteed payday with a negligible chance of being discovered.

If ransom paid in Bitcoin Cash don't expect to get files back

A new ransomware attack called Thanatos demands payment in Bitcoin Cash, which contains a decryption bug that makes it impossible for attack victims to recover stolen files, reports security researcher Malware HunterTeam.

Lazarus Group back from the dead - again - with renewed phishing campaign

Hacker group Lazarus has renewed a phishing campaign it launched, but instead of injecting malware to access enterprise IT environments, the group is now injecting implants to identify those running Bitcoin-related software.

Litecoin popular Bitcoin alternative among dark web underground community

An analysis of 150 of popular dark web message boards, marketplaces and illegal services shows underground vendors gravitating toward Litecoin cryptocurrency as a viable alternative to Bitcoin when conducting transactions.

Grey's Anatomy resolves hospital hacker plot, security experts analyse plot

Previously on Grey's Anatomy... Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital's network was taken over by a hacker who demanded millions in Bitcoin, in what was essentially a ransomware attack.

Now 50 cryptocurrencies used to pay for application security services

While many in the cyber-security industry see cryptocurrencies as primarily a facilitator of cyber-crime and money laundering, they can now be used to buy info-security services.

661 blacklisted Bitcoin apps which leave users open to hackers

Apps on Google Play and others could steal money and personal data from victims. App stores are hosting 661 blacklisted Bitcoin apps which leave users open to hackers, accoriding to a recently published report.

Cyber-attack shuts down US Regional Hospital's online system

A cyber-attack that left computer screens at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, USA, with a ransom message for bitcoin has caused the entire network at the hospital to go offline to stop damage to data of the patients.

Malicious websites steal from vulnerable Electrum cryptocurrency wallets

The popular Bitcoin client Electrum has developed a patch for a critical vulnerability that allows malicious websites to steal from digital wallets that are not password-protected.

Report: Expect more website ads to contain hidden cryptominers

In addition to hiding cryptocurrency miners in the coding of websites, malicious actors may also increasingly conceal them within advertisements appearing on these sites.

Why are cyber-criminals dumping Bitcoin?

Cyber-crime players are not stupid, which is probably why they are dumping Bitcoin and going with the smart(er) money...

Fake Gunbot Bitcoin tool spreads Orcus RAT via spam

A remote access trojan is targeting Bitcoin investors using spam emails claiming to advertise a new Bitcoin trading bot called Gunbot but instead spreads an Orcus RAT malware that looks to steal Bitcoin and more.

Cryptocurrency thieves steal £51 million of Bitcoin from mining platform

Hackers may have gotten away with £51 million of bitcoin after a cyber-attack hit the cryptocurrency mining platform NiceHash. The attack was highlighted on Twitter and Reddit with users saying they may lose hundreds of dollars.

Is Bitcoin the new currency of the underworld & why many think It will be

Since no government or organisation regulates Bitcoin, there is no regulatory body that has access to its transaction history and paper trail which means criminals can use it to receive payment anonymously explains Josh Wardini

Bitcoin Gold issues critical advisory after spotting suspicious files

Bitcoin Gold issued a critical alert and expanded the recall window for the Windows Wallet installer after a link on its Download page and the file downloads on its Github release page were found to be serving two suspicious files.

Cyber-criminals focus on CPU mining tools as attacks grow sixfold

Cryptocurrency extraction a bigger draw for hackers now

Financial attractiveness of ransomware ensures it remains growing threat

Mobile devices under increasing attack from malware, including ransomware, which has seen a 122 percent increase in variants as it becomes an increasingly attractive option for criminals.

Blockchain Fraudsters: Cryptocurrency scams and digital fraud

Richard Howlett offers practical guidance on how to tell a fraudulent scheme from a genuine opportunity and outlines what to do if you were to fall victim to one of the new digital frauds.

Blockchain: A multi-functional 'Swiss Army knife' for cyber-security

Blockchain is known for powering cryptocurrencies, but developers are finding many other innovative uses for crypto-secure transactions, write Adam Palmer and Michael Palage.

Phishing scams used by cyber-criminals to steal crypto-currencies

With the value of crypto-currencies like bitcoin continuing to climb, cyber-criminals are looking to expand the tricks they use to steal these virtual dollars.

WannaCry in the NHS: who takes responsibility?

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware which took out over 60 NHS trusts, SC ponders on where the blame lays.

New ransomware attack marks new era in Altcoin extortion

Hein Alberts looks at how and why Bitcoin is being replaced as the cyber-criminal's crypto-currency of choice by other altcoins.

Hackers use Mirai botnet to mine bitcoins with IoT devices - very slowly

Malware which targeted IoT devices was doing more than launching DDoS attacks, researchers discovered, but they question how effective it would be.

Doxing threats lead AlphaBay marketplace to pay extortionist £37,000

It appears that AlphaBay, the largest dark web marketplace, has paid an extortionist several payments since August 2016 to protect the identity of its founder.

Proton malware uses real Apple code-signing signatures

Researchers have spotted a piece of malware that has somehow gotten hold of genuine Apple code-signing signature.

Blockchain revolution: But where's the value?

Blockchain is held in high regard within tech circles. While cryptocurrencies using blockchain are thought of by some as facilitating cyber-crime and tax-dodging, blockchain can be used to achieve the opposite and is now predicted to revolutionise many business processes and democratise money itself.

Hackers hit Seagate NAS devices with cryptomining malware

Crypto-currency mining malware is back, driven in part by the growing popularity of alternatives to Bitcoin that are easier to mine and the increasing power of GPUs.

Shadow Broker's leaked files confirmed real by Snowden docs

A dubious offering by a dubious group calling themselves The Shadow Brokers has been at least partly legitimised by disclosures from Snowden's 2013 leak

ICYMI: UAE VPN ban; Malvertising; Voice recognition, US drops SMS; Bitcoins stolen

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at UAE's VPN ban; Hidden malvertising; Bank voice recognition; US drops SMS -2F; Bitcoins stolen.