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#Bitcoin clipboard #Virus, and how to avoid it.

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When checking stats on FreebieBitcoin.com – all of the Bitcoin Millionaires (> USD$ 1M) on the site shared the same Bitcoin wallet 13JF5274VuNthhwKkLrYyZW73smjSYAEen

This turned out to be something very sinister indeed. 

A windows Virus, called Trojan.Coinbitclip – watches your windows clipboard for a Bitcoin wallet address, then when detected, replaces it with the hacker’s account. meaning, if you are about to make a bitcoin payment, you end up giving it to the hacker, rather than the person you intended to pay.

To avoid it, you should always copy and paste into notepad, compare the numbers, and if they are not identical, then run a full virus scan on your computer. Bitcoin addresses are designed not to look visually identical, so it should be easy to spot.

Here is some further reading on the subject:

https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@adnanefs/my-bitcoin-is-gone-sneaky-virus-story

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1842977.0

https://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2016-020216-4204-99&tabid=2

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