The Russian computer security company Kaspersky Labs announced Thursday that it has identified a virus that pockets the holders of virtual currencies and whose loot currently reaches about $ 140,000.
This virus, named “Crypto Shuffler,” has already stolen “the equivalent of about $ 140,000 in bitcoins. The amounts stolen in other virtual currencies range from a few dollars to several thousand dollars, “warned Kaspersky Labs in a statement, without specifying where the virus was raging.
To commit theft, the virus infiltrates the computers of its victims and then hits when a virtual money-holder copies-pastes the identification code of the recipient of a payment, substituting its own contact information.
Virtual currencies are becoming increasingly popular with users, including bitcoin, which was launched in 2009. The latter regularly breaks records despite internal shocks or restrictions required by China while the technology on which it rests, the blockchain ( “Blockchain”), is becoming more and more interesting.
“Virtual currencies (…) are actively spreading around the world and becoming more accessible to users, but at the same time they are becoming a more attractive target for cybercriminals,” said Sergey Younakovski, an anti-virus expert with Kaspersky Labs. quoted in the press release.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of attacks against various virtual currencies and it seems that this trend should continue to grow,” he added.
The Russian computer company is known in particular for its Kaspersky antivirus, which equips some 400 million computers worldwide. She was recently charged by the US Domestic Security Intelligence with the Kremlin, which she denies.