Coinbit

Coinbit is a Trojan horse designed to steal users’ Bitcoin wallets. Coinbit targets Windows computers by homing in on the standard file location for a Bitcoin wallet before e-mailing the wallet to an address designated by the creator of the malware. The malware ‘s full name is Infostealer.Coinbit, and it was first discovered in the wild in June 2011.

Bitcoin is a popular decentralized virtual currency exchanged peer to peer and earned by users through the process of mining, or contributing a computer’s CPU cycles to mathematically generating new Bitcoin. Bitcoin wallets can be encrypted, which can help prevent Trojans like Coinbit from using brute force to open a wallet, especially when strong passwords are used.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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