The Bitcoin Gold wallet repository and download files weres hacked last week, putting users at risk of having funds and personal data stolen.
A “Critical Warning” was posted by the Bitcoin Gold’s development team on November 26, stating that anyone who downloaded the official Windows wallet from the Bitcoin Gold website or GitHub repository between November 21-25 will have also received two suspicious files of unknown origin.
The assumption is that these files were created to steal user funds or information. Developers are urging those who downloaded the Windows wallet client during this time period to proceed with caution. Some have even suggested fully wiping any machines that downloaded the infected files, in order for users to protect themselves and their funds.
“Anyone who downloaded the Windows Wallet file between November 21, 2017, 09:39 UTC, and November 25, 2017, 22:30 UTC, should not use the file in any way. If the file was used, the computer on which it was used should be addressed with extreme caution; the file should be deleted, the machine should be thoroughly checked for malware and viruses (or wiped clean), and any cryptocurrencies with wallets accessible on that machine should be moved to new wallet addresses immediately,” the team wrote.
Numbers of those affected by the security breach and how many, if any, have subsequently lost funds have still yet to be determined.
The Linux file was not affected by the breach, and the GitHub repository has now been secured to prevent any future breach from occurring. However, users should still verify that the updated wallet download checksum matches the checksum listed on the Bitcoin Gold website.
Bitcoin Gold has dropped nearly 25% since the hack was announced, and is currently trading at $305.
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