Do not under any circumstances visit this site wasabibitcoinwallet [dot] org. It is a fake version of Wasabi Wallet, likely designed to steal bitcoins. According to a tweet by anonymous Wasabi developer nopara73, this is the first malware pretending to be Wasabi.
The site features a download page that links to the latest version of Wasabi and lists four versions for download, macOS, Windows, and two for Linux. Nopara73 downloaded the off-brand version of the wallet and his anti-virus software found no problems. He tweeted: “Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website, the rest is to our GitHub?”
Wasabi say on their website that they are an “open source, non-custodial, privacy focused Bitcoin wallet, that implements trustless coin shuffling with mathematically provable anonymity”.
Crypto Users Must Safeguard Their Privacy And Security
Wasabi Wallet is the flagship product of zkSnack who are working to ensure privacy is preserved at all times. Their mission is to equip users with powerful tools to secure said privacy. Bitcoin is often looked at as being totally anonymous, however, it is actually very transparent. All Bitcoin transactions are public, traceable, and permanently stored in the Bitcoin network so it is up to the user to ensure that they take the right steps in order to maintain both their privacy and security.
Another important point when thinking about security and privacy is checking the website address of the company you wish to use, whether it is a wallet or an exchange. It’s very easy to make a link or even a domain name look real, use your browser bookmark or type in the address yourself.
According to writer P H Madore from CCN, f it turns out that the false Windows version of the wallet isn’t stealing coins, it could be something much worse: an attempt to de-anonymize Wasabi users.
Luckily, this attempted scam has been found quickly.