Android apps booby-trapped to mine virtual cash

“Android apps that have been downloaded millions of times have been subverted to mine virtual coins for cyberthieves, say security firms,” BBC News reports. “Two firms have found apps inside and outside the Google Play store seeded with the hidden mining code.”

“The programs have been mining coins for the Dogecoin, Litecoin and Casinocoin virtual currencies,” The Beeb reports. “If installed, the booby-trapped apps will run down a phone’s battery very quickly, said researchers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Wow, ever quicker than normal?

“Some of the apps harbouring the mining code were found on non-official Android stores but two of the programs, called Songs and Prized, are still available on the Google Play store,” The Beeb reports. “Songs has been downloaded at least one million times.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Open.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Wabash Sphinx” for the heads up.]

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3 Comments

  1. Given that Russian MPs are ditching their Treacherous iOS devices for the UTTERLY secure Android kit from Scamdung, one has to wonder if these Android apps are tooled up to mine for roubles.

    Oh, we do hope not . . . don’t we?

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