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  • Electrum bitcoin infected attacked on its servers.
  • Fake versions of Electrum software used to steal BTC.

Infected Electrum bitcoin (BTC) wallets have amounted to 152,000 when its servers were attacked by an ongoing Denial-of-Service (DoS). The issue was proclaimed in a blog post by Malwarebytes on April 29.

As per the post:

  • There were altogether 152,000 infected machines in the botnet with the volume of stolen funds increasing to $4.6 million.  
  • Diagnosis of a loader dubbed Trojan.BeamWinHTTP was done which was involved in downloading the previously-detected Electrum DoSMiner.
  • Asia Pacific region, Brazil and Peru has the highest concentration of bots.

Cointelegraph has earlier stated in April that the breakdown on Electrum network was launched by a malicious botnet of more than 140,000 machines. The users were referred to fake versions of Electrum software which aimed at stealing BTC from them.

Users were reportedly syncing their vulnerable Electrum wallet with a malicious Electrum server hosted by the attackers. The funds were ripped off after the users clicked on “update”. A sum of 250 BTC was stolen by a malicious party last December.