Lately, cybercrime has been a nuisance to many, especially when it comes to sextortion emails demanding cryptocurrencies as ransom.
Researchers from the Reason Cybersecurity firm have detected a malware by the name of Save Yourself that not only demands cryptocurrency but mines Monero, an open-source crypto that uses an obfuscated public ledger.
Since Monero’s ledger can be used to broadcast and send transactions by anybody and the sources are unidentifiable, the funds are made to go directly to the attackers who have sent the email. The researchers emphasized that the Save Yourself email does not only mean infection, whereas, it also means that the victim’s email address and password have been discovered.
“It is very possible that the malware author has gathered and combined several viruses and modified them to suit their own needs,” said Reason. As of now, it is said that more than 110,000 recipients have been attacked by the Save Yourself malware.
Reason also warned users that the malware is able to read data on clipboard and eventually substitute the Bitcoin wallet address with its own, in order to redirect the fund to the cybercriminals. Nevertheless, they affirmed that “most anti-virus solutions should detect and clear the malware. As well, major email providers are automatically protecting users against the sextortion emails.”
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