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Bitcoin-stealing trojan makes jump to popular Mac apps

updated 01:02 pm EST, Thu February 27, 2014

Tied to cracked downloads of popular software

A Mac trojan aimed at stealing Bitcoins -- known as OSX/CoinThief -- has been found attached to pirated copies of more mainstream apps, says security firm ESET. Initially the malware was bundled exclusively with Bitcoin-related tools, but ESET says it has now found CoinThief in cracked versions of titles like Angry Birds, BBEdit, Pixelmator, and Delicious Library.

The code carries a browser add-on capable of stealing logins for Bitcoin wallet sites, as well as exchanges like Mt. Gox or BTC-e. ESET comments that based on its data, the trojan appears to be most active among US Mac users. As protection it simply recommends keeping antivirus software up to date, and downloading apps from legitimate sources. If necessary, though, the trojan can be manually removed using instructions from SecureMac.




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  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Ironic, Bitcoin is illegal anyway so it serves them right.

  1. TomMcIn

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    Joined: 12-21-01

    Asinine click bait headline uses the term "popular" when it should have use "pirated". Such sloppy wording makes it look like Apple is not preventing hacking when it is the people that provide and use pirated software that are the problem.

  1. TomMcIn

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    Joined: 12-21-01

    Asinine click bait headline uses the term "popular" when it should have used "pirated". Such sloppy wording makes it look like Apple is not preventing hacking when it is the people that provide and use pirated software that are the problem.

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Joined: 06-11-08

    Bitcoin is illegal?

    Or did you mean Bitcoin is not a government-recognized currency?

    You don't go to jail for dealing in Bitcoins. You go to jail by swindling people out of or stealing their goods (Bitcoin theft, which is theft of goods), or using Bitcoin or Bitcoin exchanges to launder dirty "real" money... but it certainly isn't the "Bitcoin" part of those two things that's illegal.

  1. Kensington

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    Joined: 07-25-08

    And.reg is right...Bitcoin is illegal IN MOTHER RUSSIA, but in the rest of the world, it is not.

  1. chas_m

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Hey, here's a novel notion: pirated/cracked software is OFTEN the source of malware, so not pirating apps seems like a good way of avoiding problems.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    So bit coins aren't as cracked up as one might think...?

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Cracked apps? Ya don't say. There's a little instant karma for ya.

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