A cryptocurrency-related malware program has been advertised on darknet forums as the â€œleading way to make money in 2021,â€ raising alarms among the cybersecurity community. Palo Alto Networks published a report on the malicious app Westeal, detailing the authorâ€™s ties with other types of malware that steals major streaming services accounts.
Westeal Claims to Be Immune Against Major Antivirus Software
According to the cybersecurity firm, â€œWestealâ€ is an evolution of â€œWesupply Crypto Stealer,â€ another malicious crypto software that has been sold since May 2020. Findings suggest that Wesupplyâ€™s evolution has been advertised since mid-February 2021.
The study points out that Westeal was designed to basically steal bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) coming in and out of the victimâ€™s wallet through their clipboard.
Moreover, people who acquire the malicious app get access to a web panel to handle all the operations, including a â€œvictim tracker panel.â€
A detail that raises concerns from Palo Alto Networks is the fact that Westeal is reportedly immune to major antivirus software.
The malware works with a subscription model, and â€œComplexcodes,â€ the anon author of the app, profits by charging 20 euros ($24) monthly, 50 euros ($60) for three months, and 125 euros ($150) yearly.
The Malware Is a â€˜Shamelessâ€™ Crypto Stealer, Researchers Say
The cybersecurity firm provides more details on the malware:
Still, Palo Alto Networks qualifies Westeal as a â€œshamelessâ€ malware:
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