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Bitcoin Malware hit Android – hijacking mobiles to do mining secretly

AndroidBitcoinMalwareIf your Android phone is charging slowly and getting heated up in an unusual way, chances are your phone is mining bitcoins for some anonymous hacker out there.

According to researcher at Trend Micro an internet content security software providing company, at least two apps on the Google Play store, “Songs” and “Prized” were found which contain code that can use any phone to mine cryptocurrencies. Other than Bitcoin, the malware is involved in the mining for various digital currencies, including Litecoin, and Dogecoin.

Given that Songs and Prized had around 1m and 5m downloads which makes the total number of downloads to up to 10m – millions of Android users might be vulnerable to  covertly mine for virtual currency. These apps were found inside and outside the Google play Store.


“Users with phones and tablets that are suddenly charging slowly, running hot, or quickly running out of batteries may want to consider if they have been exposed to this or similar threats. Also, just because an app has been downloaded from an app store – even Google Play – does not mean it is safe,” the report said.

Mining virtual currecncy requires a lot of computing power. If an app uses a device for mining, the process islikely to keep the processor running at 100%, resulting into heating of the device and a poor battery life in a long run.

The report also stated that the apps being used for bitcoin and dogecoin mining were injected with a malware named ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.

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