Echelon malware is being distributed on Telegram groups

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2021-12-28 22:05:08

Cybersecurity researcher CIA Officer of bug bounty platforms LobsterDAO and Immunefi have shared details of another malware that focuses on crypto wallets and account logins.

The expert has warned all Telegram users about new attacks on crypto wallets registered on Telegram. Accordingly, the “Smokes Night” user spread the Echelon malware by dropping an infected file into chat rooms without comment.

Source: CIA Officer

The expert attached a report of a similar attack to the list of affected crypto services. It includes several non-industrial wallets (AtomicWallet, Electrum, Exodus) for Bitcoin, Litcecoin, ZCash, Monero and other cryptocurrencies.

This version of Echelon has many functions for credential stealing, domain detection, and computer fingerprinting. It also tries to take a screenshot of the victim’s device.

Here’s how you can protect yourself

Malware can steal information even if Telegram users don’t open the file. The built-in auto-download option in messenger makes this possible.

Therefore, the expert recommends turning off the auto-download option in Telegram’s settings.

The CIA Officer also gives an example of an archive attachment with a preview and recommends not to open any files similar to this that are sent by anyone, including friends.

Source: CIA Officer

This year, Echelon was described as ransomware, a malicious software program that encrypts files for ransom. Ransomware programs stole millions of dollars during the year; Usually, scammers demand ransom in Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero.


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