Threat Database Mac Malware ClipWallet Mac Malware

ClipWallet Mac Malware

ClipWallet is a type of malware known as a clipper, and it poses a threat to various operating systems, including macOS, Windows, and Linux/Unix. It is coded using the Go programming language. The primary objective of ClipWallet is to tamper with outgoing cryptocurrency transactions by substituting legitimate digital wallet addresses with fraudulent ones.

Instances of this unsafe software have been identified as being distributed through a counterfeit CloudChat application, which serves as a vector for injecting ClipWallet into targeted devices.

ClipWallet Could Cause Significant Financial Losses for Victims

One of the well-known tactics employed to introduce ClipWallet into systems is through the dissemination of a counterfeit CloudChat application. Consequently, unsuspecting victims may download and install this fraudulent application, unwittingly facilitating the injection of the clipper malware into their devices.

ClipWallet functions with the nefarious intent of redirecting outgoing cryptocurrency transactions to wallets controlled by cybercriminals. The modus operandi of this unsafe program involves monitoring the clipboard (copy-paste buffer) for instances where a victim copies the address of a cryptocurrency wallet. Subsequently, the copied address is surreptitiously replaced with one owned by the criminal operators.

As a result, when the victim pastes the address and initiates the transfer of their funds, they inadvertently send them to the cybercriminals orchestrating the infection.

The extent of financial harm incurred by victims hinges upon the value of the pilfered digital assets. It's imperative to note that cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible due to their inherently pseudonymous nature. Consequently, victims are unable to recover their funds once they have been transferred to the criminals' wallets.

How Is ClipWallet Deployed to Targeted Devices?

ClipWallet has been observed to propagate through the guise of a counterfeit CloudChat application, as depicted in the accompanying screenshot. It's a common strategy for unsafe software to camouflage itself within or alongside legitimate or mundane programs.

Fraudulent applications carrying malware could also be obtained from various dubious download sources, including deceptive promotional websites, freeware, free file-hosting platforms, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and third-party app stores. However, ClipWallet may utilize alternative dissemination methods as well.

Beyond dubious download channels, malware is frequently disseminated through stealthy or deceptive means, such as drive-by downloads, online tactics, fraudulent attachments or links found in spam messages (such as emails, SMS messages, direct messages on social media or forums), malvertising, pirated software or media, illegal software activation tools (commonly referred to as 'cracking' tools) and counterfeit update notifications.

Moreover, certain unsafe programs possess the capability to autonomously spread through local networks and removable storage devices, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. This self-propagation mechanism further amplifies the reach and impact of the malware.


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