In its latest cybersecurity report, BlackBerry’s cybersecurity division has identified the most notorious malware families targeting cryptocurrencies. Notable offenders include SmokeLoader, RaccoonStealer, and Vidar, all designed to hijack computers for cryptocurrency mining or theft.
Between March and May, BlackBerry successfully thwarted over 1.5 million cyberattacks, with the finance, healthcare, and government sectors being the hardest hit. Among the significant threats was RedLine, which breached the fintech banking platform Hatch Bank, resulting in the theft of crypto and banking data.
SmokeLoader, an older rogue financial tool, has been exploited by Russian threat actors for crypto mining. RaccoonStealer, available on the dark web, specifically targeted cryptocurrency wallet data theft. Vidar saw widespread use in harvesting cryptocurrency wallets.
Linux systems emerged as the primary target for hackers due to their vulnerability to mining attacks. BlackBerry advises organizations to promptly apply security patches to defend against such threats.
Furthermore, BlackBerry’s report highlights the Clop ransomware, a variant of CryptoMix ransomware, which targeted banking and financial institutions and was responsible for a data breach at Hatch Bank, a fintech banking platform.
The identification of these notorious malware families targeting cryptocurrencies underscores the growing cyber threats to finance and other critical sectors. It emphasizes the urgent need for organizations to bolster their cybersecurity measures and remain vigilant against such sophisticated attacks.