Sudden surge in Android miner malware observed (Jan 8, 2018)

Sonicwall Threats Research team observed a sudden spike in Android apps with hidden crypto miner functionality. Such apps masquerade themselves as legitimate apps – such as games, music or video apps but in the background they start mining cryptocurrency using the resources of the infected victim’s hardware.

Malicious Android apps with mining capability have been existing already but we saw a sudden surge in such apps on January 8, 2018. With the recent popularity of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple the rise in such malware apps is not surprising.

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