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A cryptocurrency-related malware program has been advertised on darknet forums as the “leading way to make money in 2021,†raising alarms among the cybersecurity community. Palo Alto Networks published a report on the malicious app Westeal, detailing the author’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, “Westeal†is an evolution of “Wesupply Crypto Stealer,†another malicious crypto software that has been sold since May 2020. Findings suggest that Wesupply’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 victim’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 “victim 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 “Complexcodes,†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 ‘Shameless’ Crypto Stealer, Researchers Say

The cybersecurity firm provides more details on the malware:

Still, Palo Alto Networks qualifies Westeal as a “shameless†malware:

What are your thoughts on this cryptocurrency malware recently spotted? Let us know in the comments section below.

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