Lately, Bitcoin has seen a lot of hit and miss, in fact, market leaders are stating that investing in a Bitcoin is a gamble (period). A new malware has been reported, which steals the coin via Facebook messenger, which has a more than a billion users base.
One might ask what is Bitcoin? The simple answer to this question is that Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which cannot be seen or touched. For the remaining currency, one has to have the gold to print specific amount and Bitcoin works in a different way. The value of the bitcoin depends on the users and the amount of investment that they will make on the cryptocurrency. So, it’s like an imaginary money, which offers up to $20,000 in value (period).
According to users, a new malware named Digmine, which attacks the users via Facebook Messenger. At first, the malware was spotted on South Korea, which is spreading around the globe like a wild-fire. The incident was reported by a Tokyo based cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.
As of now, the malware can only spread across Facebook Messenger (web-based) via Google Chrome browser. The malware looks like a video file and makes the user click on the same. Upon clicking the link, the hackers will be able to take control over the account, which accounts for lots problems.
Once the user takes control of the Facebook account, he or she will have all the contacts to share the malware and to get the authority to assess many more accounts in no time. In fact, this malware only works on Google Chrome browser and if you are using either Safari or Edge, you are good to go. People have started reporting the attack from Thailand, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, and South Korea.
Here is the official statement from Trend Micro regarding the issue:
“The increasing popularity of cryptocurrency mining is drawing attackers back to the mining botnet business,”
It looks like, Facebook has removed the infected links and here is the official product statement from Facebook:
“We maintain a number of automated systems to help stop harmful links and files from appearing on Facebook and in Messenger. If we suspect your computer is infected with malware, we will provide you with a free anti-virus scan from our trusted partners. We share tips on how to stay secure and links to these scanners on facebook.com/help.”
Though Facebook claims that it has taken care of the situation, make sure not to click on the unknown links, which might cause a lot of chaos. Do you own any Bitcoins? Share your Bitcoin experiences in the comment box.