A New Malware for Bitcoin ATMs on sale for $25,000
IT security firm Trend Micro has discovered Bitcoin ATM malware at a bargain for $25,000 on the dark web, and what seems like another criminal pattern far from the physical ATM attack to more online malware theft.
The financial industry has seen many innovative technologies, including new ATM capacities and the notoriety of cryptocurrencies. These two converge in what’s known as a Bitcoin (BTC) ATM.
Though it looks like a typical ATM, a Bitcoin ATM contrasts in specific viewpoints. The most striking one is that a Bitcoin ATM does not associate with a bank account, it interfaces with a cryptocurrency exchange, which is a place for purchasing and selling cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
The acquired bitcoins go to the customer’s digital wallet. In that regard, a Bitcoin ATM isn’t generally an ATM in a contemporary way, but it is a kiosk that enables customers to connect to exchanges.
The standard ATMs are the prime focus is for cybercriminals, however, Trend Micro has as of late found a move far from physical tool from skimmers to malware-based assaults. Bitcoin ATM malware has so far been significantly less discussed, maybe in view of the moderately low number of machines presently accessible across the world.
Like our regular ATMs, there is no single arrangement of security standard for Bitcoin ATMs. For instance, rather than requiring an ATM, credit, or debit card for exchanges, a Bitcoin ATM includes the utilization of mobile numbers and ID cards for identity verification. The user at that point needs to include a wallet address or output its QR code. The wallets used to store the digital currency are not institutionalized either and are regularly downloaded from app stores. Given the unsteady nature of Bitcoin ATM security, cybercriminals are certain to exploit.
With the expanding notoriety and real-world use of cryptocurrencies and the way that cybercriminals will dependably attempt to misuse something that can profit from them, mining malware has been pervasive in the previous year. It shouldn’t come as an unexpected surprise then that malware targeting Bitcoin ATMs will mushroom up in the black markets.
Buyers get the malware as well as a prepared to utilize the card that accompanies EMV and NFC abilities. As per the listing, the malware misuses a vulnerability that enables the user to get bitcoins worth up to 6,750 in US dollars, euros, or pounds. The malware does not come shoddy, as it is being sold for US$25, 000. The quantity of reviews (more than 100) demonstrates that the seller has earned a significant huge sum from different offers, including this malware.
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Kevin Jones, Ph.D., is a research associate and a Cyber Security Author with experience in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Monitoring solutions, Surveillance and Offensive technologies etc. Currently, he is a freelance writer on latest security news and other happenings. He has authored numerous articles and exploits which can be found on popular sites like hackercombat.com and others.