Meta Mask cloned on Google play; Bitcoin fraud through malware



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Dispersed Meta Mask applications are encountering new problems leading to Bitcoin frauds after another fake malware similar to the original tool appeared on google play store, as stated by ESET cybersecurity company on February 8.

The malicious software reportedly replaces data information in an attempt to steal bitcoins, was removed by Google in the starting days of February after ESET developer company reported its presence.

The software known as Clipper replaces crypto wallet addresses with a duplicate address belonging to the hacker to successfully transfer funds from the said account without the user knowing.

This marks the first time when such a software found its way in Google’s tech system without the vetting privacy and security guards noticing, the security firm states.

Reportedly the Clipper was found in Google application play store. It was reported by the ESET security company and it mimics the original legal meta mask service. The service steals the valuable private information of the victim and gains access to the ETH funds of the account. It can also replace Bitcoin or ETH wallet residential addresses of the user with that of the scammer and make a transfer of funds possible.

This is not the first time Meta Mask, which is the first ETH based app of its kind, has fallen prey to hacker schemes.

In 2018 in the month of July, the developers of Google took down the app from play store once and for all, leaving other fake applications as it is. Whereas the authorities at meta mask claim that the app was taken down due to technical faults.

Towards the End of November 2018, the company once again announced the launch of an application specific for mobile Android users. The Application just recently became the target of the latest scamming venture mentioned above.

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Aroosa Nadeem

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