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Swiss Cyber Authorities Identify Crypto Trojans: Dridex, Gozi, Monerominer

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Swiss financial institutions continue to be exploited by cybercriminals. Cyber Authorities have identified Dridex, Gozi, and Monerominer as Crypto Trojans.

Switzerland’s financial institutions continue to be exploited by cybercriminals, says the latest research report by cybercrime authorities. The only except in 2018 is that the targets are no longer banks but crypto exchanges. The research identified Monerominer virus, as the sixth most significant malware thanks to the anonymous nature of the virtual asset.

 

MELANI Research

The organization Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) has shared the details of the recent cyber threats assailing Swiss internet space in recent times.  

Most important findings of the research outfit have been the Trojan Dridex which in its characteristic is an e-banking threat but has been re-worked to exploit the latent insecurities of cryptocurrency operations.  The virus had made its first appearance in 2012 as Cridex. The latest study reports that the configuration files of the virus had notably increased the number of crypto exchanges it had targeted.

The second such significant virus it found was Gozi. Researchers in 2009 had first unearthed the virus. In its latest avatar, the virus has morphed sufficiently to exploit digital assets. Not surprisingly, the research also found that Gozi targets were no longer just banks but the cryptocurrency exchanges.

Gozi was found to be the ninth most prevalent virus disturbing the cyberspace in Switzerland where banks and cryptocurrency dominant the internet.

For the very first time, the virus was found to be ‘malvertising’ in order to infect the network as early as possible.

The concept of malvertising is of recent origins. It is a method where advertisements are malware and victims are cheated into downloading these advertisements. The method the malware uses is to place the advertisements above the results displayed by the search engines. Hence, users are confused and often mislead into clicking on these malware advertisements.

 

Two million undiscovered variants

The third most significant virus that the research of the premier Swiss Cyber organization has discovered is the Monerominer.  As a matter of fact, this has been the most significant of the cryptocurrency viruses that the agency has been able to identify thus far. The incidence of these threats has been as high as sixth most common malware threat infecting Switzerland.

Additionally, the virus also doubles as a malware bot. The impact of this malware is huge. The bot has the capacity to download and also run other malware. This will lead to more information being stolen from the account. The bot also records the keystrokes and will encrypt the hard drive matter. After which it will demand ransom from the victim in the form of cryptocurrencies to release the data it holds encrypted. Thus the impact of this bot-virus is long lasting and impacts a wide section of the cryptocurrency users as well as fiat-currency users.

Monerominer does not stop at the bot version either.  Researchers have lately discovered the range and depth of this CoinHive script.  Over two million variations remained undiscovered!

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Mt Gox: Has the time come when Mt.Gox Creditors will be paid?

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As reported by the Mt Gox trustee, They still have 141,000 BTC and 142,000 BCH and the trustee seems to be taking charge to return the funds to the victims.

The small cryptocurrency community back then was in shock when the biggest bitcoin exchange Mt Gox (at that time) was hacked and around 850,000 BTC were stolen which were worth around $450 million back then and around $3.4 billion according to today’s price. Years have passed since the incident, however, only a few the victims have received their share and most of them are still waiting for their lost funds.

 

Mt Gox to credit victims?

As reported by Nobuaki Kobayashi, the Mt Gox trustee, Mt Gox still has more than 141,000 Bitcoin and 142,000 Bitcoin Cash and the trustee seems to be taking charge to return the following funds to the victims. The victims were super excited to hear this and Twitter seems to be full of tweets claiming that the exchange has finally made its decision of returning the lost funds to the victims.


However, it is worth noting that Mt Gox might have more than $631 million worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the number of funds to be compensated are likely much more than this amount. The other documents on the website claim that the victims shall be sent a notification regarding the approval or disapproval of their claims based upon their type of filing (online or email).

 

Nobuaki Kobayashi said that after a few days, the Rehabilitation Trustee of Mt Gox will be announcing the results of the claims filed by the victims. The result will showcase whether or not their claims have been accepted.

 

Missed the deadline?

If you are one of the victims and you’ve somehow missed submitting your claim, you can still download the claim form from the Mt Gox website. However, if these claims made after the deadline shall be accepted for refunds will be decided by the court.

 

Is there any timeline for the claims?

According to Nobuaki Kobayashi. he will contact the victims soon. So there is no specific timeline as to when the funds will return to the victims. However, it is still great news for the people who have been waiting for over 5 years and they are surely happy about the fact that they will soon be compensated.

 

Cryptocurrency investors are now wondering how will this affect the bitcoin price? What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Great Week for the top 10

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The current week has proved to be quite amazing for the cryptocurrency market as all major coins are holding green. The total cryptocurrency market rose by around $1.5 billion yesterday night with the price of bitcoin reaching $4100.

 

Bitcoin:

BTCUSD Price Chart

BTC/USD Weekly Price Chart

Bitcoin broke the $4000 resistance level on 17th March and has been over this range since then. Bitcoin has turned the previous resistance into strong support now and has moved upwards slowly currently trading around $4120 (according to Bitfinex chart) with around 1% increase in the last 24 hours. If bitcoin is able to maintain its position above $4100 range for long, it might soon move ahead towards the major long term resistances such as $4500 and $4600.

 

Altcoins:

ETHUSD Weekly Chart

ETH/USD Weekly Chart

Ethereum also saw a nice bullish momentum this week after reaching the highest point of $143. Currently, Ethereum is trading nicely around $140 and is experiencing a few dips while trying to move upwards.

Unlike other top 10 coins, Ripple market is experiencing volatility from the last week but the momentum is still quite bullish.

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

LTCUSD Weekly Chart

Litecoin has been following trends and is steadily trading around $60 from the start of the week. Litecoin has increased more than 1.67% in the last 24 hours which makes it the best performing crypto of the day (in comparison with the top 10 cryptos according to market capitalization). LTC is currently trading around $61 (according to Bitfinex chart).

 

The overall cryptocurrency market is in a bullish momentum with sings of further gains. After a long bearish trend, cryptocurrency analysts are now believing that the bull market might be coming soon.

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Bitcoin Price to $4500 soon? BTC Price Analysis

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Bitcoin price moved above $4000 yesterday and currently trading around $4100. The buyers are trying again to break through the strong resistance at $4200.

Technical Indicators:

Support Level: $3900

Resistance Levels: $4100, $4200

 

Bitcoin Price Analysis:

On the hourly chart, bitcoin price has been quite bullish since last week when it reached a high point of $4160. However, bitcoin was not able to break through the resistance around this range. Again bitcoin started a bullish momentum on 18th March and reached up to $4120 before but started to correct downwards later. It went below $4000 support level.

Bitcoin price moved above $4000 yesterday and currently trading around $4100. The buyers are trying again to break through the strong resistance that is formed between $4100 and $4200. If the current resistance is broken, there are chances that bitcoin could spike up to $4500 in the short term. The current momentum surely signals a ‘buy’ time. However, if bitcoin is not able to break through this resistance for long, it could result in BTC price falling back below $4000 and even $3900 range and turn bearish.

BTCUSD Hourly Chart

BTCUSD Hourly Chart

Last week, bitcoin tested the $4200 resistance but failed to break through. The sellers pushed the price down to $3832. Later, buyers were able to start a fresh bullish momentum and moved the price above the 12-day exponential moving average which was turned into support. Bitcoin moved above $4000 and the buyers are currently moving ahead to fight the sellers at $4200 resistance level.

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