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DEV-0139 targeting cryptocurrency

Updated on 2022-12-07: DEV-0139

Microsoft’s security team says they spotted a new threat actor they are calling DEV-0139 that has spent the past months targeting cryptocurrency organizations. The group stands out among other threat actors targeting the cryptocurrency space because they operate by impersonating representatives of known cryptocurrency platforms in order to join select and private Telegram channels dedicated to VIP clients and cryptocurrency exchanges. Once inside, Microsoft says that DEV-0139 enters conversations that seek to infect their targets with backdoor malware, typically installed via malicious Office documents. Read more: DEV-0139 launches targeted attacks against the cryptocurrency industry


Microsoft warned against the DEV-0139 threat group targeting cryptocurrency investment firms via Telegram groups used to communicate with the companies’ VIP clients. Read more: DEV-0139 launches targeted attacks against the cryptocurrency industry

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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