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Clipper Malware Slips Into Google Play

A piece of Android malware capable of hijacking users’ crypto-currency transactions has slipped into Google Play, ESET security researchers have discovered.

Detected as Android/Clipper.C, the malware masquerades as the legitimate service MetaMask. Its main purpose is to steal the victim’s credentials and private keys to take over their Ethereum wallets. It also hijacks funds by replacing Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet addresses on the clipboard.

Malware capable of performing such attacks is relatively new, but is already an established category, especially on desktop computers.

Referred to as “clippers,” these threats rely on the fact that addresses of online crypto-currency wallets are long strings of characters that user’s normally copy and paste using the clipboard. Whenr the victim attempts to perform a transaction, the malware intercepts copied crypto-wallet addresses and replaces them with the attacker’s.

While on desktop PCs running Windows such malware first emerged in...(continued)

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