Cookieminer Malware Infecting Mac Users
A new malware has surfaced which is infecting Mac computers. This malware steals cookies from cryptocurrency exchanges and related data to hack user accounts and personal information. The malware was reported by Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity research team on 31st January 2019.
The malware is called CookieMiner and is a progression of the existing OSX.DarthMiner. It specifically targets Mac systems for stealing saved passwords in Google Chrome, iPhone text messages, and even iTunes backups.
Apart from stealing cookies, this malware tries to gain access to a user’s cryptocurrency accounts. As per the Palo Alto cybersecurity team, the hackers attempt to use a combination of the stolen data to sidestep the multi-layer authentication which provides additional security to cryptocurrency exchanges.
Furthermore, this malware also installs cryptocurrency mining scripts on the Macs. Research released earlier this month revealed that 4.5 percent of the available Monero (XMR) has been mined using malicious methods.
Palo Alto talked about the CookieMiner malware saying
“If successful, the attackers would have full access to the victim’s exchange account and/or wallet and be able to use those funds as if they were the user themselves. Cryptocurrency owners should keep an eye on their security settings and digital assets to prevent compromise and leakage.”