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Several Dogecoin users are victims of a scammer - Dogecoin News. Monday, October 23rd

23 october 2018, 12:24 by Jesús S. Affigne

Several Dogecoin users are victims of a scammer

According to a Russian cybersecurity firm

Bad news for the Shibe community, as a cybercriminal has reportedly been attacking users of this cryptocurrency to steal their funds. According to Russian cybersecurity company Dr. Web, the scammer relies on various Trojans and other malwares to earn money illegally.

Going by pseudonyms “Investimer”, “Mmpower”, and “Hyipblock”, the cyber-delinquent has been profiting from his illicit activities by using virus, Trojans, backdoors and phishing attacks, to scam his victims and get away with the funds. His main target are cryptocurrency users, especially those of the popular digital asset Dogecoin. The scammer has created many phishing websites that replicate real pages related to the aforementioned coin, such as faucets and mining pools, tricking the victims into entering in one of these.

An example of these sites is a fake crypto asset exchange in which visitors are required to download a “special client software” which in reality is the Trojan that once installed and executed, it will allow the scammer to gain access to the computer.

Similarly, the perpetrator created a fake Doge mining pool that supposedly offer to rent hash power at very attractive prices. The page ask users to download a certain client application that is compressed in a password-protected archive. Obviously, the file hosts the malware that will enable him to enter the victim’s computer and gain control of it.

But the creativity does not stop there. According to Dr. Web, the hacker commits fraud through unfair or fake online lotteries that supposedly pay in the coin of the Shibes. But the programing is made in such way that no one except the owner can profit from it.

A different method he has used to lure them into their fraudulent scheme, is through the download and install of browser plug-ins. Dr.Web estimates that the victims (about 10,000) has seen their funds calculated in about $23,000.

Nonetheless, the cybersecurity firm asserted that all of the phishing websites created by this delinquent have been successfully detected and removed by their antivirus.

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