26 Feb '14, 5pm

Nearly 150 Breeds Of Bitcoin-Stealing Malware In The Wild, Researchers Say

With a potentially massive hack of the Mt. Gox exchange still unfolding , it’s no secret that cybercriminals see a gold mine in cryptocurrencies. But a new study by security researchers shows just how quickly the cottage industry in Bitcoin theft is evolving: Nearly 150 types of malware are actively stealing bitcoins, more than a hundred of which were created in just the last year. At the RSA conference in San Francisco, researchers from Dell’s SecureWorks security division released a new paper Wednesday tallying those strains of cryptocurrency-focused malware, based on their own clients’ infections and other antivirus data feeds. As of this month, they counted 146 currently active distinct species of Bitcoin-stealing malware, up from 45 a year earlier and just 13 in early 2012. SecureWorks’ chart showing the correlation between Bitcoin’s price increases and the creation o...

Full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/02/26/near...

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