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BlackBerry, a former smartphone industry giant, discovered families of malware that aim to enter users’ systems and steal Bitcoin between March and May.
Over the spring, BlackBerry prevented more than 1.5 million assaults in total. Finance, healthcare, and government are the three sectors most impacted by cyber attacks.
BlackBerry advised businesses to periodically update security fixes since Linux was the operating system that was most frequently targeted. To take over machines for Bitcoin mining, there has been a significant attack on this program (software). Atomic macOS ransomware, which is designed to steal passwords and private keys from cryptocurrency wallets stored in the browser, has been discovered by MacOS users.
The Most Popular Programs for Cyber Attacks
RedLine malware, which takes user financial information and Bitcoin, was used to carry out the majority of attacks. Targeting banks and other financial institutions, Clop was another prevalent ransomware. This software, in particular, was exploited by fraudsters to access the data of banking fintech platform Hatch Bank.
Vidar, SmokeLoader, and RaccoonStealer are a few further prevalent malware programs. Russian attackers frequently use the former, one of the earliest financial tools. The information from crypto wallets was stolen using RaccoonStealer and Vidar.
Crypto Criminal Activity is Declining
Chainalysis experts estimate that throughout the first half of 2023, the amount of money going into criminally connected crypto addresses dropped by 65% ($5.2 million). The largest drop was more than $3.3 billion and was seen in fraud. Two significant schemes – VidiLook and Chia Tai Tianqing Pharmaceutical Financial Management – appear to have vanished overnight as a result of this.
As of June 2023, extortion was the sole criminal activity that was on the upswing. Compared to the first half of 2022, abusers made $175.7 million higher in income.