ESET Uncovers Litecoin-Stealing Malware
The malware is designed to send the victim's wallet.dat file to a remote server.
The researchers say the "extremely unsophisticated" Trojan simply tries to send the victim's wallet.dat file to the attacker's FTP server -- though the Web host has now posted a warning on the attacker's site stating, "User ... from BTC-E exchange uses this ftp address to steal wallets from cryptocoiners! BEWARE!!!!"
"According to our telemetry, Win32/PSW.LiteCoin.A is not very widespread at the moment, but Litecoin may become a target for attackers as its popularity and userbase increases," writes ESET malware researcher Robert Lipovsky. "This younger peer-to-peer cryptocurrency is based on Bitcoin and offers several improvements."