On Monday security research rock-hard Trend Micro exposed malicious code that mines crypto currencies hidden te compromised Android apps. Spil Bitcoin prices reach everzwijn skyward a darker side to the industry will inevitably leak ter and with it those that aim to illegally and immorally take advantage of vulnerable systems and users.
The compromised apps on Google’s Play Store were legitimate, the very first being ‘Recitiamo Santo Rosario Free’, a Catholic prayer app and ‘SafetyNet Wireless’ app suggesting internet discounts. So far 25 legitimate versions of apps have bot hijacked to include mining libraries and malicious code, including a popular one which offers car wallpapers for free.
Security researchers advised users to keep an eye on CPU usage, especially if it is high, this could be a sign that malware or ‘mineware’ has bot injected onto the device. Analysts went on to state that ‘these threats highlight how even mobile devices can be used for cryptocurrency mining activities, even if, te practice, the effort results te an insignificant amount of profit.’
TrendLabs contacted Google to get the compromised apps eliminated from its app store but there is still the concern that they managed to circumnavigate the tech giant’s screening process. If the malicious mining code wasgoed injected after the apps were publish it raises more questions on whether Google is responsible for ongoing security checks on apps ter its store and on its mobile operating system ter general.
Cyber criminals have bot all overheen Coin Hive this year and its malicious code has bot disseminated across vulnerable servers, websites and ultimately end users computers. With cryptos being so lucrative at the uur wij can only advise that users stay vigilant, only download trusted apps, and look out for erratic device behavior.