Cybercriminals have turned to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for quick profits. Hackers are using the malware Echelon to spread to crypto wallets via Telegram.
The cybersecurity researcher discovered that hackers are actively using the Echelon malware with Telegram’s auto-download function.
This malware is a kind of programmed engineering code with various features to endanger the data, privacy of a user’s computer or mobile device.
Malware Can Be Downloaded Automatically
This malware poses a great risk to its users due to Telegram’s automatic download feature. When a file is received via Telegram, the malware automatically downloads it to the device without the user’s knowledge.
According to the expert, the user with the “Smokes Night” handle is spreading the Echelon malware by dropping an infected file into chat rooms without comment.
This version of Echelon gets multiple credential stealing functionality, domain detection and computer fingerprinting. It also tries to take a screenshot of the victim’s device.
The expert advises users to turn off Telegram’s automatic download function.