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1  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed | New Update! on: August 12, 2022, 08:26:27 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have the necessary time available to back everything up and reinstall my OS, it's certainly the best option here, but I don't have the time for it. I've proceeded and deleted any extension files I've found, and will also remove any pirated software I've downloaded in the past few months.

The fake extension folder was created in 01/07/2022, so it's been in my computer for a while, there's a chance that I had downloaded something and is now deleted, but I'll be on the lookout in case it appears again.
2  Economy / Economics / Re: Fuel prices hitting an eight year high on: August 11, 2022, 07:37:57 PM
I'm glad that someone revived this thread, I was planning to do it myself too. Prices have dropped from €2.40 down to €2.05 in my area. It's still extremely expensive but at this point, it's better than nothing. However, as Sithara007 mentioned, this is probably going to be a temporary drop in prices, since the USA is selling its oil reserves.

Since yesterday, Brent and WTI crude oil have seen major spikes in their prices, with Brent being close to surpassing $100/barrel.
3  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed | New Update! on: August 11, 2022, 01:47:57 PM
New update!

The extension auto reinstalled itself, honestly, I don't understand what's causing its installation, but certainly it's not me. I haven't deleted its files yet, because they could possibly come in handy for other users and its declaration as a malicious extension. Could it be possible that one of them includes a script to install it without your permission?





The scammer's BTC address (https://www.blockchain.com/btc/address/16Adp6PaLTDqejGo4W4Yy8kzixgQVwFoEx)


Real BTC deposit address



Edit: Went to the extension's folder and started opening up each file, all folders feature the same files and are exact copies of each other. I honestly don't understand what's going on.



Edit 2: Okay, here's what I also found, there are two folders named "Extension" and "Extensions", the first one consists of several other folders containing the same fake Google Sheets extension, while the latter, has all the legit ones along with a fake one as well.

4  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed on: August 10, 2022, 07:38:30 PM
This is very alarming and we all thought that Malwarebytes is good at combatting clipboard malware...

The OP activated Premium protection only after he discovered the malware, and I guess it's logical that MB couldn't even protect him from the infection after it happened. Of course, the question arises as to how well programs like MB and various AVs are able to detect this kind of malware and prevent it from infecting the system.

I did a little research and found that Opera browser is the first to develop some kind of protection against clipboard malware and I can say that it works. After you copy the Bitcoin address, a pop-up appears with a message that the address has been copied and protected. Perhaps we can expect a similar feature on other browsers as well.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/opera-browser-working-on-clipboard-anti-hijacking-feature/
Malwarebytes Premium was present when the extension was installed, however, it did nothing to protect from it. My best guess is that it's a new type of thing going on. On the other hand, Opera might be less susceptible to such extensions, however, before it happened to me, I had only heard about the copy-pasting malware. Displaying a whole new address, though, is way out of the ordinary.
Maybe if you analyze the Adobe Lightroom package, or some other program you recently downloaded, you can find the source?
OP mentioned that Adobe Lightroom was downloaded several days after the extension was created. It's unlikely that software is the culprit. But I would try to retrace all my steps days before the extension was created. Maybe OP was visiting some new websites or giving them certain permissions that might have installed that extension on his PC. If he downloaded a pirated app, chances are OP has done so in the past as well.

I do not think this extension came from the official Google Chrome Web Store, that is probably why it was greyed out.
You are right about that. This Google support article confirms that:
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Extensions that have not been published on the Chrome Web Store are grayed out and you won't be able to turn them back on.

However, the interesting part is that greyed out extensions should also be disabled because Google mentions that if you want to use a greyed out extension, you need to contact the developer and ask them to upload it in the Chrome Web Store. In OP's case, the extension was still working even when it was greyed out.
That's correct, Adobe Lightroom was downloaded after the extension's installation/creation. I can't recall if I had downloaded something else, and is now deleted. It's surprising that even though the extension was supposed to be disabled, it run perfectly fine.
5  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed on: August 09, 2022, 11:05:02 AM
To be brutally honest, I haven't bothered with my computer's security too much. I simply installed Malwarebytes and never fiddled with it again. The issue is that I can't recall how I possibly installed such an extension. I recently downloaded Adobe Lightroom from a pirated source, but that was a few days after the extension was created, thus, it's not associated.

On top of that, since it's not an actual virus, it's not detected by any antiviruses, nor VirusTotal. I don't know what other measures I could possibly take to make such a threat public.

I haven't found any information online about this malicious extension, so it's likely that it's relatively new. I found some similar extensions that have been used to steal user's data and they are mostly spread through illegally obtained programs (from a pirated source). Maybe if you analyze the Adobe Lightroom package, or some other program you recently downloaded, you can find the source?

Neither have I, it's frustrating. I could have never imagined that I'd have a malicious extension swapping coin addresses. I'll take a look through my downloads to see if I find anything suspicious.

On top of that, since it's not an actual virus, it's not detected by any antiviruses, nor VirusTotal. I don't know what other measures I could possibly take to make such a threat public.
You could start by switching from using Chrome to Firefox browser or even better Firefox fork called Librewolf browser.
Next step you could take is switching from wiNd0ws to Linux os like Fedora or Debian, so you won't need to install any antivirus software that is mostly just security theater.
I would avoid installing many extensions and I would be careful installing anything on my computer especially pirated software, but risk would be much lower with Linux.
I would, but Chrome is synchronizing everything through my Gmail account, something I find extremely convenient.

To be brutally honest, I haven't bothered with my computer's security too much. I simply installed Malwarebytes and never fiddled with it again. The issue is that I can't recall how I possibly installed such an extension. I recently downloaded Adobe Lightroom from a pirated source, but that was a few days after the extension was created, thus, it's not associated.

On top of that, since it's not an actual virus, it's not detected by any antiviruses, nor VirusTotal. I don't know what other measures I could possibly take to make such a threat public.

I can't claim that having Malwarebytes Premium would have helped in your case, but I've been using it for years in combination with a respectable antivirus package and I don't remember the last time I had problems with viruses/malware. It is possible that this malware can still get past any protections, but it is possible that some premium protection would warn you about this problem and put that file in quarantine.

To begin with, try to change your browser, and then do not download any pirated content - because there is really no need for that, given that very cheap licenses for the most popular software can be found on the Digital goods board of our forum.
Coincidentally, I have Malwarebytes' premium trial for the past few days, and it didn't help.
6  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed on: August 08, 2022, 02:40:00 PM
From what you wrote, it seems that you use certain security solutions, the only question is, do you have proactive protection when it comes to Malwarebytes and do you use any other AV besides Windows defender? There is no doubt that this malware somehow found a way to get into your computer, the only question is how?

I always rely on premium security software with an always updated OS and I don't download any suspicious files, but sometimes it seems that even that is not enough to protect against infection. From your example, maybe we can learn that we should check the extensions we have in the browser as often as possible, and that maybe we should avoid Chrome and use some other browsers like Firefox, which is much better when it comes to privacy anyway.
To be brutally honest, I haven't bothered with my computer's security too much. I simply installed Malwarebytes and never fiddled with it again. The issue is that I can't recall how I possibly installed such an extension. I recently downloaded Adobe Lightroom from a pirated source, but that was a few days after the extension was created, thus, it's not associated.

On top of that, since it's not an actual virus, it's not detected by any antiviruses, nor VirusTotal. I don't know what other measures I could possibly take to make such a threat public.
7  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed on: August 08, 2022, 09:11:02 AM
Was this virus one of those clipboard viruses that changes the address you copy to the scammer's one? Or is this a new kind where you don't even see the real address on binance, only the scammer's ?

If it's the latter, holyshit how can someone actually protects himself from it? Since running an antivirus scan doesn't reveal anything.
Nope, it's not the well-known clipboard virus. It actually displayed the scammer's addresses instead of the actual ones. Binance's support agent was genuinely frustrated at first. This is before deleting the extension.



And this is after deleting it, displaying the address support indicated as theirs.

8  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed on: August 07, 2022, 11:49:35 PM
Thank you for the warning OP. I would've never suspected the Google sheet extension to be the malware responsible for changing addresses.
btw, if an extension is grayed out doesn't that mean it's been disabled by the navigator?
This malware seems more dangerous even than the clipboard hijacker malware because it changes the actual address from source and therefore there is no way you would suspect it's been changed.

I would wipe out my computer's hard drive and reinstall the OS if I were you, though!
This time I was extremely lucky, because a few days ago I was actually planning on moving my funds from Binance in an attempt to find a better APY. Chances are, that I would have lost my money.

Damn! So my initial suspicion was correct. Yes, I think you were very lucky considering how small the amount was. For this reason, it is always a good idea to proceed each serious transaction with a smaller one to ensure that the funds will reach the intended destination.

Good detective work, by the way. It is too bad you could not figure out where you downloaded the extension to your browser. Who knows, there may even be different extensions infected with malware. Does anyone know why the extension name was greyed out?

My best guess is because it's not an actual functioning extension. A quick look at its main manifest.json file shows you what details it can present. If you click on any other extension, it opens up the extension or its settings (Metamask wallet opens wallet, Grammary opens up preferences etc.), the fake Google Sheets one didn't have an actual menu, thus, it doesn't have anything to open and appears grayed out.

9  Economy / Scam Accusations / Fake Google Sheets Extension - Scammed | New Update! on: August 07, 2022, 10:13:16 PM
This thread is a follow-up of the previous thread I created, regarding a lost XRP deposit. For those who haven't read it and have limited time, I'll summarize.

(https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5408926.0)

I tried depositing XRP from Kraken to Binance, my deposit was never credited to my account and got me frustrated, thinking I've done something wrong. After several users suggested, I contacted Binance, and they told me that this wasn't their XRP address and recommended me to install Binance's app on my phone. To my surprise, the address I had on my phone was different from the one in my computer. Same thing occurred if I tried depositing other coins, such as BTC or ETH. I was baffled, the support agent mentioned that it's probably a malware on my computer.

I started with antivirus scans using Windows Defender and Malwarebytes, however, both showed no results. A few users suggested that it could be an extension on Chrome, decided to check, but nothing looked suspicious at first.

Google Sheets, Zen Mate, Ublock, Grammarly etc… Nothing suspicious, right? Except the fact that I don't recall installing the Google Sheets extension, but didn't think much of it, since I use Google services a lot (Drive, Docs, Excel), but noticed that for some strange reason, the name was grayed out, but the other extensions weren't.

I deleted the extension and Binance is now showing the proper address. Upon further investigation and opening its source file, it has a Javascript code that switches coin addresses with the scammer's address. On top of that, whenever I searched the scammer's XRP or BTC address, the tab would crash.





The issue is that I don't recall installing something like this on my own, unless it popped up and accepted its installation without realizing it. The extension's folder was created on 23/07/2022, it's relatively new and can't remember if I downloaded any pirate software or what else.

This time I was extremely lucky, because a few days ago I was actually planning on moving my funds from Binance in an attempt to find a better APY. Chances are, that I would have lost my money.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Re: Ripple deposit never received on: August 07, 2022, 07:40:44 PM
Okay, here's the latest update. As you've also mentioned, Binance has one XRP address, only the MEMO changes each time, which is assigned per user, something that was also confirmed by Binance's support agent. A quick Google search also confirms it.



That doesn't occur with the address I sent the money to. On top of that, like other users suggested, the XRP address I sent the money to has balance. The Binance agent asked me to check Binance's app to see what address it shows, to my surprise, it showed the one he had mentioned. I'm frustrated at this point, and he mentions that I possibly have a malware.

I'm dumbfounded and proceed to check what address it shows if I were to deposit Bitcoin. It showed the following, 16Adp6PaLTDqejGo4W4Yy8kzixgQVwFoEx, I ask the agent to confirm if it's indeed Binance's address, but it wasn't. Of course it's not, BTC addresses are assigned per user and have no prior transactions. A quick look at a Blockchain explorer confirms that.

I also checked the BTC address on the app, and it was the one the agent mentioned.

https://www.blockchain.com/btc/address/16Adp6PaLTDqejGo4W4Yy8kzixgQVwFoEx

Edit: I don't know why, but my tab crashes each time I search the fake XRP or other coin address.

Edit 2: The solution has been posted here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5409045
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Re: Ripple deposit never received on: August 07, 2022, 02:03:35 PM
I can't understand what's wrong, I've filled all the required information, but the following error message pops up, "The currency, network, or amount of the TxID/TxHash do not match your input. Please confirm the details provided.". It's extremely frustrating, is it that complicated to withdraw XRP? I can't find any mistake concerning the withdrawal either and now I can't even request to resolve the deposit issue on Binance.

Have you contacted their customer support yet? It may be the only solution.
Currently talking to them via live chat. The agent is claiming that I have a different deposit address than the one I sent the coins to, but Binance deposit page shows otherwise. He's checking it now and will need a few minutes till he has an appropriate answer. Hopefully, it'll get resolved. Will report back if I have any news.

Edit: "Upon investigating the XRP address is rEb8TK3gBgk5auZkwc6sHnwrGVJH8DuaLh for all users and only the memo is different, please check in your Binance app by going to Spot wallet>Deposit Crypto>XRP and provide me a screenshot so I can report further."



Despite what the agent claims, it's still showing me the address I used.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Re: Ripple deposit never received on: August 07, 2022, 09:23:32 AM
I can't understand what's wrong, I've filled all the required information, but the following error message pops up, "The currency, network, or amount of the TxID/TxHash do not match your input. Please confirm the details provided.". It's extremely frustrating, is it that complicated to withdraw XRP? I can't find any mistake concerning the withdrawal either and now I can't even request to resolve the deposit issue on Binance.


13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Re: Ripple deposit never received on: August 06, 2022, 08:23:18 PM
Thank you all for your responses, I was really frustrated because I couldn't figure out what went wrong. It's a petty amount of 25 forgotten XRP on Kraken, which I wanted to transfer to Binance, since it's the only exchange I'm using.

Should I contact Binance via email or through their lost deposit form? Does it make any difference?

Once again, thank you everyone.
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Ripple deposit never received on: August 06, 2022, 02:23:59 PM
Hello, I decided to move some XRP I had in Kraken to Binance, but the withdrawal was never received in Binance. I'm pretty sure I did everything correctly, or at least hope to.

This is my deposit address on Binance, I used the same deposit address and MEMO on Kraken, while I made sure the selected network was "Ripple"




Kraken shows that it has gone through, but I never received it on Binance. It was only a petty amount, but I was curious on what I did wrong. Does anyone have any idea?

Transaction TX: https://bithomp.com/explorer/AD1341C6788BEDE72025DEDD21112B6F23356E6C10AF59BD8AA0C75A379EE879

Thanks in advance

Edit: Fake extension found, more information here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5409045
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What will happen to BTC if China attack on Taiwan? on: August 06, 2022, 12:26:17 PM
Honestly, I believe that we'll have more important issues to face if another war flares up between China and Taiwan. Bitcoin's movement will probably be the least of our concerns, since both countries are huge exporters of pretty much everything, from technology to household goods and precious metals. Conflict certainly isn't positive for the cryptocurrency, nor the stock market.
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The British Museum has some Bitcoin items on display on: August 05, 2022, 09:45:33 PM
I believe that some of our users have bigger collection than British Museum. But, I must admin that British Museum is doing a really good thing, by making Bitcoin a bit more popular. Just hope there are some explanations or a guide that can tell what Bitcoin is. Because some people, while walking by might think that these are "just ancient money".
When I first joined the forum in 2014, I remember a few users creating and selling such physical coins in the marketplace section. Some even went as far as integrating a wallet (I remember them having a QR code) in the coins, so they were actually worth Bitcoin. I wish I had bought one back then.
17  Economy / Economics / Re: Crude Oil drops below $100 on: August 05, 2022, 08:15:00 PM
I have a bad feeling about all this. By the first week of November, the selloff from SPR is going to stop and crude will be back to >$120 levels (or much higher than that). The only factor this is pulling down the price is the massive selloff by the American administration from their SPR. They don't have any reason to continue with it, once voting closes on 8th November. And even worse, the Americans may try to refill the SPR which should be almost empty by then. I won't be surprised if the crude oil prices cross $150 per barrel level.

I felt I needed to take a look at it after reading your post. I was aware Biden's Administration was releaing a significant percentage of those reserves, but then I realized it was way more than I thought it was.

Source: https://www.eia.gov

According to that graph, the Strategic Petroleum Reserves of USA are at the levels of 1986!
So the scenario you explained may be indeed possible depending on how fast the government wants to replenish their SPR and whether they plan to do it with foreign or national production.

This seems to be quite a political move looking foward to November rather than part of a long term plan to relieve common citizens from high energy prices...
Interesting insight from both of you, didn't actually know that USA is selling their crude oil reserves, a move that will only temporarily relieve the market. I'd like to see how this progresses in the upcoming months. Unfortunately, I was also expecting that this could only be a non-permanent drop in oil prices, since Russian oil imports are yet to be replaced, while the war isn't stopping anytime soon.
18  Economy / Economics / Re: U.S dollar almost equal to Euro on: August 04, 2022, 09:56:49 PM
I see that the price of the euro will definitely be less against the dollar, since Europe will probably have to pay for the benefit of other countries. What does it mean? Probably many people know about the problems in the United States, namely in their economy and finances, and so this all needs to be resolved and it has already been found, namely, the ruin of Europe will just allow the United States to help solve its problems at this stage in the first place. Based on this, the price of the euro against the dollar will continue to decline.
USA could be in trouble eventually, but the fact that Europe is a whole continent and the nations that are using euro are not all single entity. Meaning if we are dealing with this right now, that means we are not going to be shocked when Germany fails to pay for the debts of Greece or something like that again. We have known for a while now Germany has been fixing the problems all over every nation that uses euro, and France tries to not create too much trouble for anyone, but there are like a dozen nations that is failing and because of that euro is failing as well and now that Germany can't make a surplus, they can't reach out and help everyone all at once.
Since when is Germany saving other countries from the goodness of their heart? Are you serious? Germany made billions, profiting from Greece's financial crisis. The ECB is responsible for the state of many countries in Europe, including Italy, Greece, Spain and so on. Not to mention that Germany still owes war reparations since World War 2.

No one is saving anyone, it's all done for profit, Greece and many other countries should have never joined the Eurozone, it was a terrible mistake.
19  Economy / Economics / Re: Crude Oil drops below $100 on: August 04, 2022, 03:54:52 PM
It is believed that oil could fall below $90 if inflation persists, something which is highly unlikely to change since it simply keeps rising, driving leading to large price increases in basic necessary goods.
~snip~
One hour later, and WTI dropped below $90, for the first time since February 10th.
Same here, dropped around €0.20/liter, but it's still too expensive to notice. Gas was always expensive in Greece, due to high taxation and excise tax, which is up to €0.70/liter. Covid-19's quarantine drove prices down n 2020, the lowest I've ever seen them, at €1.33/liter, it felt so cheap fueling up back then.

Personally, I've cut my fuel usage up to 2/3 of what it was in the past 2 years, I've resorted to using my motorcycle, which uses half of what my car is, while due to long hours working and the less available income, I'm no longer capable of using my car for leisure purposes. Oil continues to tumble, the only positive thing happening with all these excessive prices.

P.S Great website, provides great inside on fuel prices

By the way, reducing the consumption of gasoline / diesel fuel is a good step both to reduce the burden on the family budget and to help the global crisis. I recently sold my 4 liter Toyota Prado, I am going to buy a hybrid car for long trips, and an electric car for city trips, exclusively for the home-office-shop-home cycle, which is 90% of the total trips. In Ukraine, gasoline / diesel fuel has also skyrocketed in price, it's time to reduce dependence on such a resource
What else can you do, there's no other choice. I used to spend up to €150-€200 for petrol for my car, on a monthly basis, but I was always on the move, traveling back and forth. Currently, I'm spending at least €80-€100 for petrol, only for my motorcycle, just to commute to work. If I used my car as much as I used it the previous years, I'd have to spend over €300/month.
20  Economy / Economics / Re: Crude Oil drops below $100 on: August 04, 2022, 02:16:25 PM
It is believed that oil could fall below $90 if inflation persists, something which is highly unlikely to change since it simply keeps rising, driving leading to large price increases in basic necessary goods.
~snip~
One hour later, and WTI dropped below $90, for the first time since February 10th.
Same here, dropped around €0.20/liter, but it's still too expensive to notice. Gas was always expensive in Greece, due to high taxation and excise tax, which is up to €0.70/liter. Covid-19's quarantine drove prices down n 2020, the lowest I've ever seen them, at €1.33/liter, it felt so cheap fueling up back then.

Personally, I've cut my fuel usage up to 2/3 of what it was in the past 2 years, I've resorted to using my motorcycle, which uses half of what my car is, while due to long hours working and the less available income, I'm no longer capable of using my car for leisure purposes. Oil continues to tumble, the only positive thing happening with all these excessive prices.

P.S Great website, provides great inside on fuel prices
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