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A botnet-powered crime ring is stealing bitcoin wallets

25
Feb
2014

Researchers at Trustwave have discovered a new use for botnets: emptying bitcoin wallets. Reuters reports that a single botnet has used the Pony botnet controller to empty 85 different bitcoin wallets associated with infected machines, making off with an undisclosed amount. Trustwave successfully disrupted the botnet, but the group behind the attacks is still at large. The group performed the attacks using the Pony Botnet Controller, a known method of attack that one group used to steal more than two million passwords last year.

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