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Users of Bitcoin wallet Electrum are facing a phishing attack, according to the Dev Security Lab. Hackers broadcast messages to the Electrum client through a malicious server, prompting the user to update to v4.0.0, and if the user follows the prompt to install this "backdoor-carrying client", the private key is stolen and all digital assets are stolen. At the time of writing, at least 1,450 BTCs (stolen by one user, antimalware firm Malwarebytes and Electrum) had been stolen in phishing attacks that faked Thelectrum upgrade tips, with a total value of about $11.6 million. It is worth mentioning that less than version 3.3.4 of Electrum is vulnerable to such phishing attacks, users using electrum wallets are requested to update to the latest version of Electrum 3.3.8 via the official website (electrum.org), which has not yet been officially released v4.0.0, please do not use the link in the prompt message to update to avoid loss of assets.

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In a forum post on Bitcointalk, website administrator Theymos explained: "If at any time in the past you've logged in to Electrum without a wallet password and opened a web page, your wallet might have been stolen." Particularly paranoid people may want to send all bitcoins (BTCs) from their old Electrum wallets to the newly generated Electrum wallet. "