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A series of web sites are pushing a scam promising $5-30 worth of free bitcoins a day simply by running their Bitcoin Collector program. In reality, this program does nothing but install ransomware or password-stealing Trojans onto a victim's computer. This scam was first discovered by a malware researcher going by the alias Frost who posted about it on Twitter and discussed it with BleepingComputer.com. The scam is promoted through sites that promise to earn you Ethereum by referring other people to their site.  Their FAQ states that by referring 1,000 visits using your referral link you will earn 3 Ethereum, which is worth approximately $750 USD. The claims of earning free Ethereum is not even a real scam. As you can see from the above image, they advertise that you can earn $15-45 a day in Bitcoin "for free and automatically". If you click on this box, you will be brought to another page that promotes a program called "Bitcoin Collector" that when download and run will supposedly generate free Bitcoin for you. It even provides a VirusTotal link to show that it is completely safe, but even though this program has not detections, it is still a Trojan that normally would execute a malicious payload if the payload was present. Depending on the running campaign, this payload is either a ransomware or a password-stealing Trojan. BleepingComputer has executed both of these campaigns and describe them briefly below. The interesting aspect of this cryptocurrency scam is that by the attackers promising free Ethereum by referring users to the site, they effectively gain free promotion for their "BotCollector" Trojan and thus more opportunities to infect visitors. This scam has now switched its payload to an information-stealing Trojan. Frost has told BleepingComputer that this is the Baldr infection, which currently has 32/70 detections at VirusTotal. For this complete article visit OUR FORUM.

 

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