Cointelegraph: Researchers Find Thousands of Crypto Pump-and-Dump Groups on Messaging Apps

Cointelegraph: Researchers Find Thousands of Crypto Pump-and-Dump Groups on Messaging Apps. “There are thousands of pump-and-dump groups on popular messaging apps, a study conducted by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) revealed Dec. 18. Pump-and-dump is the fraudulent practice of perpetrators encouraging unwitting investors to buy an asset to inflate its price artificially, and then selling it when the price gets high enough.”

Ars Technica: Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor

Ars Technica: Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor. “A hacker or hackers sneaked a backdoor into a widely used open source code library with the aim of surreptitiously stealing funds stored in bitcoin wallets, software developers said Monday. The malicious code was inserted in two stages into event-stream, a code library with 2 million downloads that’s used by Fortune 500 companies and small startups alike.”

Coindesk: Musk Impostors Hack Lawmaker, Publisher Accounts in New Crypto Scams

Coindesk: Musk Impostors Hack Lawmaker, Publisher Accounts in New Crypto Scams. “A number of verified Twitter accounts were compromised Monday – including those owned by a U.S. lawmaker, a film company, and a book publisher – all to impersonate SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk. Each of the compromised accounts engaged in a well-known crypto giveaway scam by promising to send large amounts of bitcoin to any users who sent them small amounts first.”

Paloalto Networks: Fake Flash Updaters Push Cryptocurrency Miners

Paloalto Networks: Fake Flash Updaters Push Cryptocurrency Miners. “In most cases, fake Flash updates pushing malware are not very stealthy. In recent years, such imposters have often been poorly-disguised malware executables or script-based downloaders designed to install cryptocurrency miners, information stealers, or ransomware. If a victim runs such poorly-disguised malware on a vulnerable Windows host, no visible activity happens, unless the fake updater is pushing ransomware. However, a recent type of fake Flash update has implemented additional deception.”

MakeUseOf: The 12 Best Udemy Courses for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

MakeUseOf: The 12 Best Udemy Courses for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a cryptocurrency newbie or a blockchain expert, there’s always something new to learn. Udemy courses are one of the best ways to grow your knowledge in any area, and crypto is no different. If you’d like to expand your horizons, check out these 12 Udemy courses for blockchain and cryptocurrency.”

The Next Web: Hackers secretly ran cryptocurrency mining malware on Indian government sites

The Next Web: Hackers secretly ran cryptocurrency mining malware on Indian government sites. “The crypto-jacking epidemic has spread to India. It has come to light that tons of Indian government sites have been infected with cryptocurrency mining malware, designed to steal visitors’ computing power to earn coins.”