Cerber ransomware now steals from Bitcoin wallets

Cerber ransomware evolves and now is capable of stealing from Bitcoin wallets
07 August 2017   1779
Bitcoin

Is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen

The upgraded version of the widespread Bitcoin extortion Cerber, in addition to its "main activity", is now able to steal passwords of browsers and data for logging into cryptocurrency wallets. Thus, the functionality of the program now goes far beyond the encryption of user files.

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Cerber still arrives via emails with an attached file:

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According to trendmicro.com, the JavaScript attachment is dedicated as JS_NEMUCOD.SMGF2B, which leads to the download of the Cerber variant (detected as RANSOM_HPCERBER.SMALY5A).

Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

However, the new Cerber targets Bitcoin wallets for theft as well. It targets the wallet files of three Bitcoin wallet applications (the first-party Bitcoin Core wallet, and the third-party wallets Electrum and Multibit). It does this by stealing the following files, which are associated with their respective applications:

  • wallet.dat (Bitcoin)
  • *.wallet (Multibit)
  • electrum.dat (Electrum)

Cerber also tries to steal the saved passwords from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Note that this information theft takes place before any encryption is carried out. Saved passwords and any Bitcoin wallet information found are sent to the attackers via the command-and-control servers. It also deletes the wallet files once they have been sent to the servers, adding to the injury of the victims, as trendmicro.com reports.

This new feature shows that attackers are trying out new ways to monetize ransomware. Stealing the Bitcoins of targeted users represents a valuable source of potential income.

Binance DEX to Launch Trading

Mithril is the first asset, that is trading on new platform; also, the exchange presented the listing rules for assets
25 April 2019   69

Binance DEX announced the start of trading in the Mithril token (MITH) together with Binance Coin (BNB). This is the first asset in the listing site.

At the same time, the exchange presented the listing rules for assets. So, anyone can release a token on the Binance Chain, but listing it to the marketplace takes place in several stages.

First of all, the issuer must place a listing application on the Binance Chain community forum, providing answers to a number of questions relating to the innovativeness of the project, its scope and other characteristics.

After that, the issuer must make a deposit in the amount of 1,000 BNB within two days, which will be returned later. Note that the listing of an asset on Binance DEX must be approved by at least half of the validators.