$20 000+ USD

APRIL 2019




"Based in France, Ledger is the largest cryptocurrency hardware wallet company." "Ledger is a hardware cryptocurrency wallet that is used to store, manage, and sell cryptocurrency. The funds held in these wallets are secured using a 24-word recovery phrase and an optional secret passphrase that only the owner knows."


"Ledger offers two products, the Nano S and Nano X, that can store the digital keys used to secure crypto wallets. The devices can be used with a variety of cryptocurrencies, are compatible with numerous apps, and are supposed to offer a safe way to manage crypto without compromising too much on convenience. Ledger says on its website that it has sold 1.5 million products to customers in 165 countries to date."


"[W]e’ve detected a malware that locally replaces the Ledger Live desktop application by a malicious one. Users of infected computers are asked to enter their 24-word recovery phrase after a fake update."


"Our apps will never ever ask you to enter your 24 words directly on your PC keyboard with Nano S, Blue and Nano X." "A legitimate Ledger Live version would *never* ask for your 24-word recovery phrase - if you would receive any such notification, please contact us." "This malicious version of Ledger Live would only be asking for your 24-word recovery phrase (which should *never* be shared)."


"[T]he malware has been so far detected on one computer, and we have no reason to believe it exists on a mobile app form. If you follow our security best practices of never entering your 24-word recovery phrase on your computer, and verifying tx/addresses on device, you are safe."


"This malware is infecting only Windows machines, and it looks like it's highly targeted (we have seen so far only once instance on one computer). It cannot compromise your device or your crypto. It's only a phishing attempt tricking you in entering your 24 words (never do that)" "Happens on Mac also."


"[W]e do not know yet the infection method, but we confirm it has nothing to do with our website or servers. Ledger Live was downloaded normally by the user, and a malware changed the binary locally a couple of months after."


"Hardware wallets have been designed to protect crypto assets against this kind of attacks. Funds are safe unless users themselves give their recovery phrase to the hacker (through social trickery). Education of users is paramount to mitigate this."


"Hi, I just got done by this. Is there any way to retrieve my funds?" "Yes I lost $20k of BTC falling for this!" Too "late for me, I entered my 24 word phrase and I am waiting on Ledger to contact me for how to fix or what should I do."


"Oh no I haven’t logged in in two years and I think I have fallen victim to this trap! I had problems updating firmware 1.31 to 1.60 and then saw this pop up and I entered my 24 letter passcode thinking it was indeed your app! Within a minute my my account was emptied out!"

A user of Ledger hardware wallets reported that their Ledger Live application was replaced by a malicious version which requested the seed phrase, claiming it was necessary to restore the wallet. Once the seed phrase was entered in the malicious application, all funds were drained from their account.


Other users also responded reported having experienced the same malware, including at least one who reported losing $20k worth of bitcoin. There is limited information and no reports of funds being recovered successfully.


Familiarize yourself with what a seed phrase is when you own a hardware wallet.


Never enter the seed phrase in any software on your computer or phone under any circumstance. The seed phrase is only intended to be entered in the hardware wallet device itself.


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