⚠ Alert! A New Russian Malware Threatens To Steal Your Cryptocurrencies.

If you are an Android user and have any cryptocurrency app installed on your device, you could be at risk of losing all your funds. Several US and UK intelligence agencies have warned of a new malware called Infamous Chisel, which is linked to a Russian cyberwarfare unit called Sandworm.

Malware is a general term to refer to any type of “Malicious Software” designed to infiltrate your device without your knowledge and cause damage and system interruptions or steal data.

According to various sources, Sandworm is a hacker group linked to Russian military intelligence (GRU), which specializes in cyber sabotage and cyber warfare. This group is credited with various cyberattacks against Ukraine, the United States, France and other countries, using different types of malware to infiltrate computer systems, steal information, cause damage and wreak havoc. Some of the most notable attacks are:

📌 Attack on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where Sandworm used Olympic Destroyer malware to wipe data and cause disruption to the event's computer systems.

📌 Attack on French President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign in 2017, where Sandworm attempted to steal and leak sensitive emails and documents from Macron's team, using X-Agent malware.

📌 Attack on Ukraine's power grid in 2015 and 2016, where Sandworm used BlackEnergy and Industroyer malware to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people.

📌 Attack on the United States Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016, where Sandworm stole and leaked emails and internal party documents, using the X-Agent malware and the DCLeaks platform.

📌 Attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2018, where Sandworm tried to access the organization's computer systems, using a vehicle equipped with a Wi-Fi antenna.

According to the agencies' joint report, the Infamous Chisel malware has capabilities to gain unauthorized access to compromised devices, scan files, monitor traffic, and periodically steal sensitive information. Some of the data the malware extracts includes data found within the directories of Binance, Coinbase, and Trust Wallet applications, which could allow attackers to access victims' cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges. The report also noted that the malware mainly targets the Android devices of the Ukrainian military, and is used to obtain information from compromised mobile devices. This could indicate that Sandworm's ultimate goal is to destabilize the security and economy of Ukraine, a country that has been in conflict with Russia since 2014.

This malware is made up of various components designed with the intention of enabling remote access and exfiltrating information from Android phones. In addition to scanning devices for information and files matching a predefined set of file extensions, the malware also contains functionality to periodically scan the local network and offer SSH access. The joint report also noted that the components of Infamous Chisel were developed with very little regard for "concealment of malicious activity." The malware lacks stealth techniques to disguise its activities, however this may be due to the lack of host-based detection systems for Android devices, according to the report.

To protect yourself from Infamous Chisel malware or other similar ones, I recommend following some basic security measures:

📌 Be careful about the apps that are downloaded and installed on Android devices, especially if they are apps related to cryptocurrencies or the military. The source, reputation, and permissions of apps should be checked before installing them.

📌 Keep devices updated with the latest versions of the operating system and applications, as well as use antivirus and antimalware solutions to detect and eliminate possible threats.

📌 Avoid connecting to public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks, as they could be used by attackers to access devices or intercept traffic.

📌 Make regular backup copies of important data, especially cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, and store them in a safe and encrypted place.

📌 In case you suspect that your device has been infected by Infamous Chisel malware, you should disconnect from the Internet, turn it off and contact a security expert to analyze and disinfect it.

The Infamous Chisel malware attacks is just one of many that have occurred in the cryptocurrency space so far this year. According to a report by blockchain security firm CertiK, around $997 million has been lost to exploits, hacks, and scams in 2023. In August alone, around $45 million was lost to such attacks.

Cryptocurrencies are a valuable asset and coveted by many malicious actors, both state and non-state. The risk posed by this malware should not be underestimated, so it is important to take all necessary measures so that you safeguard all your funds and privacy. DO NOT BECOME ANOTHER VICTIM.

To invest you don't have to be a millionaire, but to become a millionaire, you have to invest. - Anonymous.


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