The Syscoin network has become the victim of a cybernetic attack after a hacker has repeatedly replaced the official Windows client with malicious ones.
According to the network, the hacker has repeatedly introduced a malware version of Syscoin Windows client within the platform’s GitHub account. The Syscoin team has been notified by their users following several complaints.
The new version of Windows client was embedded with a malware dubbed Arkei Stealer (Trojan: Win32/Feury.B! Cl) – a trojan known for the thefts of personal data that access users’ funds. The Syscoin team alerted its users by publishing on GitHub:
“Upon investigation, the Syscoin developers found that a malicious, unsigned copy of the Windows Syscoin 184.108.40.206 installer was made available via the Syscoin Github release page on June 9th, 2018 due to a compromised GitHub account. This installer contained malicious code. (Trojan:Win32/Feury.B!cl).
The virustotal scan of the malicious file named “re.exe” that is saved to the local temp folder (C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp) upon running the fake installer:
— Syscoin (@syscoin) June 14, 2018
The malicious code could be accessed by users between June 9, 2018 (10:14 PM UTC) and June 13, 2018 (10:23 PM UTC), respectively those who committed to installing the Syscoin 220.127.116.11 Windows client are subject to a major risk of losing their personal data and why not the funds held in their wallets.
Follow these steps …
The team of the instant payment service has recommended users to check if they have downloaded the Windows client during the malicious attack period. If the data match, they are advised to respect the following steps:
– Save a copy of the personal information of the wallet;
– Run an anti-virus and scan the device on which the wallet is installed;
– Change passwords;
– Move funds to another wallet.
Syscoin developers intend to introduce an advanced system to prevent future attacks. Members have access to GitHub only by following a two-factor authentication (2FA) and a signature check to identify possible manipulations.
According to CoinMarketCap, Syscoin (SYS) has a market capitalization of $112,602,479 and is traded at $0.210290.