Zcash (ZEC) Warns Users Against a Malicious Copy Of The Native ZecWallet In GitHub
The Zcash Community is among the latest projects within the crypto industry to be targeted by scammers creating duplicate wallets.
Officials from Zcash made it public that they had detected a malicious software operating as a ZecWallet. They’ve gone ahead to clarify that the fake ZecWallet is malware infested and could lead to the loss of digital assets by unsuspecting users.
Official communication tweeted by Zcash detailed;
🚨⚠️ PSA to all Zcash users! There is a fake version of ZecWallet that likely contains malware (size and checksum is different) double check you are downloading from official @zecwallet repo on GitHub: https://t.co/EpMyH5iCdp @ElectricCoinCo @ZcashFoundation @zooko pic.twitter.com/N9HklOH6gn
— mine Zcash ᙇ🛡️ᙇ (@mineZcash) October 20, 2019
The scammers’ website is almost similar to the Zcash Interface and even notifies of an upgrade as part its scamming process. Other features include the options to use transparent and shielded addresses along with cool enhancements like dark mode. However, the logo clearly does not belong Zcash.
Crypto media towards the end of September had reported on the risk of a malware within the Zcash ecosystem. This basically put the intelligence of IP addresses data at risk of being exploited by malicious attackers.
This past year has seen crypto scamming cases rise with players using sophisticated trojans to compromise cryptocurrency networks. ESET, one of the big boys in antivirus supply said that they had discovered scammers using a Tor Browser to steal Bitcoin from the darknet market. The main targets were mostly Russians and the scammers simply swap their cryptocurrency addresses to rip them off electronically.
Another recent case discovered by ESET is a banking trojan that hit at crypto and financial services in Brazil and Mexico. The malware known as “Metamorfo” had already acquired over 1 Bitcoin to its addresses at the time of discovery.