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Users of cryptocurrencies wallets Electrum and MyEtherWallet are now facing phishing attacks, according to posts posted on Reddit and Twitter on February 4, coinelegraph reported. The MyEtherWallet team has issued a warning about phishing emails sent to users. Electrum also posted a warning on its website informing users that the electrum version, which predies 3.3.3, is vulnerable to phishing attacks. The company warned its users not to download software updates from other sources.
The Healthy Security Lab is concerned that Nearly 250 bitcoins have been stolen in a recent hacking attack on an Electrum wallet. This attack, confirmed by Electrum, involves creating a fake version of the wallet to trick users into providing password information. Electrum responded on Twitter that "this is an ongoing phishing attack on Electrum users and advised users to download wallet apps from the official website" and that The Healthy Security Lab advised users not to install an unknown source of Electrum wallets to avoid being tricked.
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Since the end of December 2018, Bitcoin wallet Electrum users have lost 771 BTCs (worth about $4 million) in phishing attacks, according to a study released by Malwarebytes Labs. Electrum is known to implement a variant of a technology called Simplified Payment Verification (SPV), which allows users to send and receive transactions without having to download a full copy of the Bitcoin blockchain. An attacker is exploiting a vulnerability that anyone can manipulate a public Electrum peer to carry out an attack. (TNW)
A malicious website faked the Electrum website for phishing, with one user claiming to have stolen 700 bitcoins.
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Reddit user u/normal_rc: 'The attacker set up a lot of malicious servers. Once a user's Electrum wallet is connected to these servers, they see what appears to be an official message when sending bitcoin transactions, telling them to upgrade the Electrum wallet, which actually contains a fraudulent URL.
Shunto touch melon, open the github of the electrum, we find the following code in the electrum/electrum/ecc.py.