The malware, Infostealer.Coinbit, is fairly simple: it targets Windows machines and zeroes in on the standard file location for a Bitcoin wallet. It then e-mails the wallet—a data file containing private crypto keys—to the attacker by way of a server in Poland, according to Symantec, which was first to alert on the attack.
“If you use Bitcoins, you have the option to encrypt your wallet and we recommend that you choose a strong password for this in the event that an attacker is attempting to brute-force your wallet open,” Symantec’s Stephen Doherty wrote in a blog post Thursday.
New Malware targets Bitcoin users
Posted on Friday, Jun 17 2011 @ 23:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica reports a new Trojan hose program discovered in the wild Thursday seeks out and steals Bitcoin wallets.