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Technology Money Path Instead of Love: iPhone Crypto Fraud also escalates in Europe

19:51  13 october  2021
19:51  13 october  2021 Source:   zdnet.de

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10132021 PM CryptoRom © default_credit 10132021 PM Cryptorom 1.2 million euro loot in just one wallet discovered. Cyberganster increases more European and American users of apps such as Tinder and Bumble on grain to capers their iPhones for their machinations. Sophos gives the threat the code name Cryptorom.

Wiesbaden, October 13, 2021 - New insights from Sophos suggest that international cyber scams escalates with crypto currency. Cybercriminals use popular dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble to abuse iphones of bustless users: inside for their fraudulent machinations. While the attackers: the inside in the past was mainly on Asian regions, the attacks now relocate to Europe and the USA. Sophos has discovered a cybercriminally controlled Bitcoin Wallet with nearly 1.4 million US dollars (1.2 million euros), which were presumed by the victims.

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Sophos has given this threat to the code name "Cryptorom" and published a detailed report " Cryptorom Fake iOS Cryptocurrency Apps Hit Us, European Victims for at Least $ 1.4 Million ".

"The Cryptorom scam is based on social engineering in almost every phase," says Jagadeesh Chandraiah, Senior Threat Researcher at Sophos. "First create the attackers: Inside convincing fake profiles on dating sites. As soon as you have come into contact with a target person, suggest the conversation on a messaging platform. Then try to persuade the target person to install a fake trading app for crypto currency and invest there. At first glance, the returns look very good. However, if the victim reclaims the money or tries to access the finances, it is rejected and the money is lost. Our research shows that the scammers: inside with this mesh millions of euros cited. "

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Double Until

According to investigations, the attackers can: Steal even far more than just money. You can also access the iPhones of your victims. In this variant of the attack, cybercriminals use a system for software developers called "Enterprise Signature". Normally, these software helps companies to test new iOS applications with selected iPhone users: in advance in advance before they send them to the review and approval to the official Apple App Store. With the functionality of the Enterprise Signature system, attackers: inside with their counterfeit apps for the Kryptohandel can respond larger groups of iPhone users: inside and get control of their devices from afar. Thus, they are potentially able to make even more damage than they already do with the fake investments in Krypto currency anyway. For example, you can collect personal information, add and remove accounts and install apps for other malignant purposes.

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One rule must be: only apps from the App Store

"until recently spread the crypto thief: inside your fraudulent apps mainly about fake sites similar to a trusted bank or the Apple App Store," explains Chandraiah. "With the use of the iOS developer system, the risk of victims increases again clearly, as it can give the attacker: inside rights on the smartphone and also the possibility to steal personal information. To avoid being sacrifices of this fraud mesh, iPhone users should install: Install only apps from the Apple App Store. The golden rule is: When something risky appears or too beautiful to be true, then finger away - especially if largely unknown persons promise a great online investment program with great profit. "

Sophos recommends installing security solutions on mobile devices . This includes, for example, Intercept X for Mobile , which protects IOS and Android devices from Cyber ​​threats.

More information about the fake crypto feed apps aimed at iPhones, as well as other mobile threats, can be found on Sophoslabs Uncut .

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