Bitcoin Ransomware created fake Symantec Blog

Bitcoin ransomware called "CoinThief" created fake Symantec Blog website with fake "security" article
20 November 2017   2311

The news from the hacking and ransomware world has already become as fascinating as a first-class detective novel. And today we have some more interesting news.

The fake website of well known IT security firm Symanctec had appeared. Someone had created the almost exact copy of "Blog" section of original website. It looks almost 100% as original, besides two things: "Search" feature doesn't work and there is a fake article regarding CoinThief.

Original Symantec Blog
Original Symantec Blog

Take a good look at the screenshot above, and take even a better look on the left pic with girl in glasses. 

Fake Symantec Blog
Fake Symantec Blog

Now compare the left pic of the fake website with the original one. The text under says that "New Version of CoinThief Infects Mac Crypto Traders". 

Fake article says that the malicious program is distributed using the zero-day vulnerability in browsers [0day is a term denoting unresolved vulnerabilities, as well as malicious programs against which protection mechanisms have not yet been developed].

Also, the fake site reported that the modified version of CoinThief infects Mac users using the 0-day JavaScript vulnerabilities in the two main browsers (Gecko - Mozilla, Webkit - Chrome, Safari, Opera) without any user interaction.

It gives some fake recommendations, that can be very dangerous and gives a link to a suspected malware download. We strongly recommend you not to follow fake instruction. The original Symantec Blog is https://www.symantec.com/blogs/ It is also worth noting that fake website marked as "Secured" in the browser.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   183

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.