New Malware Targets Macs to Steal Cryptocurrency Wallets, SMS Messages and More
A new Malware targeting Macs has been discovered where the threat attempts to raid cryptocurrency wallets. Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered the Malware, which has been named CookieMiner.
Researchers suggest that CookieMiner has several potential security threats in its quiver, which has cryptocurrency inventors concerned.
Researchers at Palo Alto note that the MacOS-based malware can steal browser cookies from a user’s Chrome or Safari browsers. It appears as though the malware attempts to steal cookies from cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance, Bitstamp, Bittrex, Coinbase, MyEtherWallet, Poloniex and any website with “blockchain” in its domain name.
Once CookieMiner steals the cookies from an infected user, they are uploaded to a remote server where criminals can access and use them to breach a user’s account.
In addition to security concerns related to cryptocurrency, CookieMiner also attempts to steal users’ passwords, credit card details and even SMS messages if the user has backed up their iPhone. All of these different types of attacks to Mac systems is a major concern.
It is not yet known if CookieMiner is being used to target specific cryptocurrency investors, or if attacks are random, but either way, Mac user cannot ignore this serious and dangerous cybersecurity threat.
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