The researchers were able to detect the malicious extensions in Chrome that can be used for covert mining of cryptocurrencies.
With the recent increase in the number of traders and investors in the field of digital assets, many hackers and other cyber criminals is aimed at users of the cryptocurrency. A large part of cryptocurrency exchange advise their users to activate certain security features, such as two-factor authentication and SMS authentication.
The majority of experts on cryptocurrency and cyber security advice for owners of digital assets to store their cryptocurrency hardware wallet, best wallet like Ledger Nano and S. But the cryptocurrency theft are not the only thing have to worry crypto enthusiasts. A new type of malware can covertly mine cryptocurrency using the processing power of user computers.
The Radware blog reported on a new discovery by researchers at cybersecurity. Hackers use a plugin on Chrome called Nigelify to steal personal information and covertly mine cryptocurrency. The malicious version of the plugin Chrome tested Google by creating copies of the authentic extension and insertion of short malicious script.
The report mentions that the program is active from March 2018. Researchers believe that the malware may have infected more than 100,000 computers in over 100 countries. The majority of infected machines are located in Ecuador, the Philippines and Venezuela.
According to researchers, Nigelify mines Monero, Bytecoin Electroneum and using the algorithm “CryptoNight”. Most likely, the hackers in the first six days of malicious plug-in earned about $ 1,000. Cybersecurity experts actively advise users to constantly update their antivirus programs to protect computers from hackers and other intruders.