Bitcoin Ransomware created fake Symantec Blog

Bitcoin ransomware called "CoinThief" created fake Symantec Blog website with fake "security" article
20 November 2017   3020

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 Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   87

For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.
 

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.
 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.