New Malware Targets BTC Addresses by Hijacking Windows Clipboard

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New malware which has recently been reported to gain control of Windows clipboard in order to swap out Bitcoin addresses. It’s already monitoring 2.3 million targets as reported by Bleeping Computer tech portal on June 30.

The malware which is known as a “clipboard hijacker” threat, secretly gains control of the victims computer memory and runs in the background to ensure the users do not notice his presence. It then proceeds to replace Bitcoin addresses that the user has copied on their clipboard with the addresses of the attacker, which the user unknowingly paste and sends their coins to.

Bleeping Computer explains, unless the user double checks the pasted address, they have no idea that the swap took place”. Bitcoin users face a variety of hardware vulnerabilities including Windows PCs, android smartphones, and other devices.

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Staying up-to-date with the latest antivirus software is currently a users main defense against this problem, along with double checking destination Bitcoin addresses before transfers.

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