Along with the cookies, the goal of the malware is to gain access to cryptocurrency exchange accounts. According to Palo Alto, the hackers assume a combination of the stolen data would allow them to bypass the multi-layer authentication that many exchange users set up to provide additional security.
“If successful, the attackers would have full access to the victim’s exchange account and/or wallet and be able to use those funds as if they were the user themselves,” the firm summarized.
As its name suggests, the malware also installs cryptocurrency mining features.
The discovery is just the latest malware to seek out cryptocurrency users as its victims. As CryptoNewspeople has reported, multiple malicious entities have attempted to take advantage of lax security setups in order to compromise novice crypto traders.
“Cryptocurrency owners should keep an eye on their security settings and digital assets to prevent compromise and leakage,” Palo Alto concluded about CookieMiner.