New YouTube scam : ‘PennyWise’, a new Crypto-stealing malware roaming on YouTube India | Beware

So those, who are in search of Bitcoin mining software on YouTube have to be extra cautious of this malware or they will end up being the victims. PennyWise has been targeting around 30 Chrome-based browsers, over 5 Mozilla, Opera and Microsoft Edge browsers

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After Facebook malware and WhatsApp fake message for employment in the UK, now the threat related to crypto (know further news) users looking for Bitcoin mining software has surfaced on YouTube. It is being reported that crypto-malware has been spreading through the video platform, by the name of “PennyWise”.

The new cryptocurrency malware has been tricking users to download software, which will steal the data from 30 crypto wallets of the user and browser extensions as well, reported by India TV.

Not just wallets, this malware has been reportedly targeting cold crypto wallets like:

  1. Zcash
  2. Armory
  3. Bytecoin
  4. Jaxx
  5. Exodus
  6. Ethereum
  7. Electreum
  8. Atomic Wallet
  9. Guarda
  10. Coinomi
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In a blogpost, Cyble said that the fraudsters are spreading PennyWise as a free Bitcoin mining software across the world. They have so far, posted more than 80 YouTube videos which contain the link to download the malware.

So those, who are in search of Bitcoin mining software on YouTube have to be extra cautious of this malware or they will end up being the victims.

PennyWise has been targeting around 30 Chrome-based browsers, over 5 Mozilla, Opera and Microsoft Edge browsers.

The malware can further take screenshots and steal sessions of chat platforms like Telegram and Discord.

So, to be safe you can adapt these methods easily :

  • If you are into bitcoin so understand to be safe and do not click on any link which you find on the internet. You must always avoid downloading pirated software from unknown websites.
  • You must have a strong password and keep updating the same at regular intervals to keep it safe from any such unwanted activity.
  • You must enforce multi-factor authentication for upgrading the security
  • Do not open unknown links and email authenticity ever.