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Hackers Disguise Virus As Crypto Wallet On Google Play

11:18 12/02/2019
Virus Disguised As Crypto Wallet Is Found On Google Play

Eset specialists managed to detect malicious software in the popular Google Play app that was disguised as the MetaMask crypto wallet based on Ethereum. Information about this was posted on the Eset blog.


Fraudsters have developed a viral app to steal the data entered by users to access crypto wallets on Ethereum. Using the app, it was possible to copy their addresses and substitute them with the addresses of the attackers.


The efforts of cyber fraudsters were aimed at the clients of the mobile version of the MetaMask crypto wallet, which ensures the launch of Dapps on the Ethereum network. However, currently there is no service in the form of a mobile application, it operates exclusively in PC browsers, Eset specialist Lukas Stefanko stated.


The malicious app was found in early February and today it has already been removed from the store. A similar virus program appeared on Google Play for the first time. Previously, viruses that were disguised as MetaMask allowed hackers to steal only essential information to gain access to clients' crypto assets.


Google security technicians are constantly fighting with cybercriminals, scanning tens of billions of apps and finding disguised malware.


According to the report of ESET Threat Radar, hidden mining remains popular among hackers, and the number of its cases may increase in 2019.

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