500 k lifted in bitcoins by malware? cyber theft on the rise

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    Everybody's been wondering who hacked Bitcoin investor Allinvain's digital wallet and lifted nearly half a million dollars' worth of the virtual currency this week. A recent discovery by a poster on the Symantec forums recently found out that it might actually not be a who, but a what. According to some source code discovered on an underground forum, a type of malware known as a Trojan horse scans for and steals digital wallet files off of unsuspecting computers. Hackers build and run similar programs to steal credit card numbers stored on hard drives, except stealing Bitcoins is much more lucrative because, like cash, once the wallet is missing, the money is gone for good.

    Bitcoin Heist May Be Victim of New Moneygrubbing Malware - Yahoo! News

    i have considered investing in bitcoins...esp since they have tripled in value.....o my....my bad
     
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    Such events continue to be the argument against a CASHLESS SOCIETY.
     
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    I wish they would start developing programs that upon determining a virus or malware attempt from a source would actively initiate an attack on its own and permanently disable the sending source. Something like attacking fire with fire. If all the computers had this program then anyone initiating a virus or Trojan horse would be disabled. Probably never happen and until a bot is created that can get ahead in the virus/TH/Malware game and create and recognize new threats things like this will continue to happen.

    Best thing is to keep your stuff insulated by storing on a dockable medium and accessing it when you need it. Sort of like a wallet. Don't keep it on the hard drive.
     
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    Obama gettin' stern with China over cybertheft...
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    US seeks 'serious' action by China on cybertheft
    Mar 11,`13 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House called Monday for "serious steps" by China to stop cybertheft, which it described as intolerable to the international community.
     
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    Granny don't use an ATM card, she always pays cash...
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    ATM thieves conducted massive cyberattack
    Thursday, May 9,`13 - A global posse of cyberthieves, armed with laptops in place of guns, hacked into financial institutions and stole $45 million from automated teller machines in a first-of-its-kind heist made for the 21st century, authorities in New York said Thursday.

     
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    Dat's why Granny keeps her money inna secret hidy place so' dem cyberrobbers can't get to it...
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    Germany arrests two Dutch citizens in cyber bank heist
    10 May`13 - German prosecutors said on Friday they had arrested two Dutch citizens suspected of taking part in a $45 million global cyber heist unveiled the previous day by U.S. authorities.
     
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    Global cyber crime on the rise...
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    World grapples with rise in cyber crime
    May 11,`13 -- International law enforcement agencies say the recent $45 million dollar ATM heist is just one of many scams they're fighting in an unprecedented wave of sophisticated cyberattacks.
     
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    Big ol' cybertheft...

    Bangladesh: 20 foreign suspects identified in $101 million cyber heist
    Tuesday 19th April, 2016 - Senior Bangladeshi investigators have confirmed that they have identified 20 foreigners involved in one of the largest cyber heists in history.
     

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