A Chrome extension for Ledger crypto wallets that allegedly contains malware

Google’s decision to remove any software related to illegal cryptocurrency mining or scam users is not wrong. Recently, software architect WizardofAus warned cryptocurrency users to be wary of the Ledger crypto wallets malware extension on Chrome. According to him, it is highly likely that this Chrome extension contains malware.

The malware appears on Ledger crypto wallets on Chrome

In a tweet posted on January 2, WizardofAus stated that:

From his experience, WizardofAus seems to be able to identify what malware is. As a result, he spread his empirical awareness of malware to cryptocurrency users.

After WizardofAus’s warning, the official Ledger Support Twitter confirmed the detection of the extension malware on Jan. 2, using the header “PHISHING ALERT.”

The former executive Trezor, Alena Vranova, tweeted the WizardofAus tweet with the following comment:

Security vulnerabilities have the potential to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage

To emphasize the importance of a security vulnerability, WizardofAus mentioned the 600 Zcash (ZEC) hacking incident – worth about $ 16,000 at press time – that was stolen from @hackedzec’s assets in his Ledger Nano. Reportedly, this Ledger Nano wallet is a Chrome extension. Therefore, if you have put your trust in a third party, you should ensure that their system is always running smoothly.

WizardofAus also mentioned the warning of Casa founder, Jeremy Welch, last year. At the time, Welch spoke out against the browser extension malware at the Bitcoin event Baltic HoneyBadger in Riga. WizardofAus outlines the risks posed by these products – and what users can do to protect themselves:

Other positives include using only the wallet provider’s proprietary software – in this case, Ledger’s – and double-checking whether it comes from the provider’s website via a secure link or not.

Users can also verify the checksum of the downloaded file before running the software. The checksum, also known as the hash function, is the hexadecimal number unique to the installer’s .exe file created by the author. The downloaded file, assuming that it has not been tampered with by a third party, will match the checksum on the vendor’s website.

Just two days ago, an Ethereum (ETH) Chrome browser extension called Shitcoin Wallet, allegedly injected malicious javascript code from open browser windows to steal data from users.

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