Mac users beware: you could become victim to a Bitcoin-stealing Trojan. A new malware dubbed OSX/CoinThief emerged earlier this month, infecting computers running the Mac OS X platform. This Trojan steals login credentials related to Bitcoin exchanges and wallet sites. In a recent blog post, ESET researchers investigated this new malware and gave some advice on how to prevent your Mac from getting infected.
Where CoinThief Is Lurking
The study revealed that the CoinThief Trojan spreads when peer-to-peer file-sharing network users download what they think are cracked apps. This new malware is found in cracked versions of some of the most popular apps like Angry Birds, BBEdit, and Pixelmator.
CoinThief can also be found disguised as trojanized versions of Bitcoin Ticker To The Moon, BitVanity, StealthBit, and Litecoin Ticker. The Trojan is distributed through frequented download sites such as Download.com and MacUpdate.com. ESET investigators additionally claimed that the threat is mostly active among US-based Mac users.
Protecting You and Your Piggy Bank
Even if you’re not involved in the Bitcoin craze, there’s still a chance your device could get infected. First, avoid downloading pirated software from P2P networks since that’s where CoinThief is primarily found. It’s safer to go to the original developer’s website or the Mac App store to download any apps you might want to get.
In general, it’s also a good idea to install antivirus software and keep it up to date; there are plenty of options for both PCs and Macs. If you’re already a victim of the CoinThief Trojan, SecureMac offers simple instructions on how to manually remove it. The last step in this process is to change your password information for accounts on any Bitcoin-related websites.
Strong passwords are key to keeping personal data protected and safe. Password managers are great tools to generate and store hard-to-crack passwords for all of your accounts. Some of our favorites include Editors’ Choices LastPass 3.0 and Dashlane 2.0. Be smart about where you download software from and make sure you keep all your devices protected against cyberthreats. You never know when one could infect you.