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Nearly 150 Breeds Of Bitcoin-Stealing Malware In The Wild, Researchers Say

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February 26, 2014 AT 7:50 AM
With a potentially massive hack of the Mt. Gox exchange still unfolding, it's no secret that cybercriminals see a gold mine in cryptocurrencies. But a new study by security researchers shows just how quickly the cottage industry in Bitcoin theft is evolving: Nearly 150 types of malware are actively stealing bitcoins, more than a hundred of which were created in just the last year. Professor Arun Sundararajan of New York University says Bitcoin's largest exchange going down hurts the currency and its investors.