Trojan Switches BTC Address Copied to Windows Clipboard

Evrial Trojan can replace legitimate payment addresses and URLs with addresses under the attacker's control
22 January 2018   5744

A new Trojan called Evrial is being sold on criminal forums and being actively distributed in the wild. Like most Trojans, Evrial can steal browser cookies and stored credentials, but this Trojan also has the ability to monitor the Windows clipboard for certain text, and if detected, modify it to something else.

First discovered and tracked by security researchers MalwareHunterTeam and Guido Not CISSP, by monitoring the Windows clipboard for certain strings, Evrial makes it easy for attackers to hijack cryptocurrency payments and Steam trades. This is done by replacing legitimate payment addresses and URLs with addresses under the attacker's control.

According to MalwareHunterTeam, Evrial is currently being sold on Russian criminal forums for 1,500 Rubles or ~ $27 USD. It is stated that after purchasing the product, an attacker gains access to a web panel that allows them to build an executable program.

Russian forum postTranslated post from a Russian forum

When Evrial detects a bitcoin address in the clipboard, it replaces that legitimate address with one under the attacker's control. Then the victim pastes that address into their app and clicks send. Now when the bitcoins are sent, they go to the attackers address rather than your intended recipient.

Evrial is also configured to detect strings that correspond to bitcoin, litecoin, monero, WebMoney, Qiwi addresses and Steam items trade urls.

In addition to monitoring and modifying the clipboard, Evrial will also steal bitcoin wallets, stored passwords, documents from the victim's desktop, and a screenshot of the active windows. All of this information will be compiled into a zip file and uploaded to the attackers web panel.

Trojan web-panelEvrial Trojan web panel

MalwareHunterTeam stated that the best way to protect yourself is to practice good computing habits.

Bitcoin May Pass Gold Market Cap, - Novogratz

Mike Novogratz continues to be Bitcoin and cryptocurrency optimist 
25 March 2019   106

The founder of Galaxy Digital, Mike Novogratz, expressed the opinion that over the next 20 years, Bitcoin’s capitalization would “easily” surpass the gold market, currently estimated at $ 7.5 trillion. It is reported by The Daily HODL.

In a conversation with the founder of Morgan Creek Digital, Anthony Pompiano, Novogratz stressed that the inflow of institutional money to the cryptocurrency market is only a matter of time, and major players like Goldman Sachs and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) are already mastering a new industry.

I know Goldman for instance is gearing up around securities tokens. They’re not doing anything yet, but they’re getting really ready and looking at all the questions on – where would you store them? Do you have to build your own custody, or can you use someone else’s custody? How to get them to work.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

According to him, the growth potential of Bitcoin is strong and therefore it is advisable for investors to include the first cryptocurrency in their portfolios:

I think the macro case for [Bitcoin] is pretty strong. And so, if you can put a couple percent of your portfolio in, there’s a decent chance it catches wind. Fidelity is just getting set up. Bakkt continues to get delayed a little bit, but it’s not going to be delayed forever. They’re going to be in the game. And there’s lots of other players coming.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

According to him, the volume of the gold market is $ 7.5-8 trillion and in order to outperform this market, the first cryptocurrency needs to grow in price at least 100 times.

Gold’s got an $8 trillion market cap, or a $7.5 trillion market cap. And so, we’re 100x off on that. We’re not going to get there in Bitcoin in the next year or two. But over a 20-year period, could that happen? Easily. Easily. And that’s giving zero optionality to all the other stuff. And so I think it seems like a pretty smart portfolio bet.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

The founder of Galaxy Digital also touched on the topic of bitcoin futures.

The reality is, the CME kicked their butts. And these guys have limited resources on what they’re going to spend their focus, and they decided to spend it elsewhere. Finding leverage in Bitcoin is going to get easier as the architecture in the space gets better. You’re already seeing the lending market around Bitcoin went from 10% to like 3%. So once you can borrow you can short. And so now it’s not so hard to short Bitcoin. It used to be almost impossible to short Bitcoin in 2016… It wasn’t great, but it’s not critical. 
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

In February Mike expressed the opinion that, thanks to institutional money, Bitcoin will reach $ 8,000.