New malware attacks cryptocurrency holders, TrendMicro reports. Dubbed Panda Stealer, the malware spreads via corrupted Excel files exchanged by email. Once installed on a computer, the malware will quickly siphon off internet users’ digital wallets and passwords.
Researchers from TrendMicro, a famous computer security firm, recently discovered traces of a new malware, Panda Stealer. “At the beginning of April, we observed a new information thief called Panda Stealer delivered by spam,” explains TrendMicro in a report posted on its website. Upon investigation, researchers discovered that Panda Stealer was largely based on code from another malware designed to steal confidential information, Collector Stealer.
“Panda Stealer is deployed through spam emails masquerading as commercial quote requests to convince reckless victims to open malicious Excel files, ” the report continued. Once the Internet user opens the file, the Panda Stealer malware automatically installs itself on the computer without their knowledge.
THE MALWARE SEEKS TO SUCK YOUR PASSWORDS AND COOKIES
The software will then seek to seize the private keys that secure the digital wallets of users. Panda Stealer mainly targets wallets that contain cryptocurrencies like Dash, Bytecoin, Litecoin and Ethereum , the second digital currency with the largest capitalization behind King Bitcoin . With these private keys in hand, hackers can seize cryptocurrency held by users and transfer them to other wallets.
In the process, the malware also siphons credentials from apps like NordVPN, Telegram, Discord, and Steam. The hacked accounts are then sold en masse on dark web platforms in exchange for other cryptocurrencies, such as Monero, a completely anonymous currency. “It is also capable of taking screenshots of the infected computer and exfiltrating data from browsers such as cookies, passwords and saved cards,” warns Trend Micro.
Currently, the hackers behind Panda Stealer mainly target Internet users living in the United States, Japan, Australia and Germany. However, hackers are spreading rapidly in other regions. We therefore advise you to remain cautious and especially not to open an attachment containing an Excel file from an unknown recipient. As a precaution, we advise you to install an antivirus on your PC .