The background activity of Google Play store apps
Again malware developers placed the bait for Android users. After cyber felons found a way how to exploit browser extensions or lure visitors to infected sites to use their PCs’ resources to mine crypto-coins, it did not take long for them to find another energy resource – Google App store. Three apps have been found to mine Monero crypto-currency.
The “chosen” apps
Three apps – Recitiamo Santo Rosario Free, SafetyNet Wireless App, Car Wallpaper HD: mercedes, ferrari, bmw and audi – were designed to secretly mine Monero coins on the expense of users’ mobile battery.
Thus, if you are among those users, who, for any reasons, installed these apps, your device was most likely to mine “money” for the crooks.
Other dangers for Android users
On the other hand, the fact that Google Play store is continuously assaulted by miners and malware only raises concerns and urges Google to significantly improve anti-malware prevention system.
CPU-draining apps might become a real issue. However, ESET specialists have also detected fake Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange apps which attempt to wheedle users’ email account credentials and further important information.
In order to protect your device from CPU energy drainers and data thieves, follow this advice:
- check app reviews in (various forums, etc.) before downloading it
- install the mobile version of an anti-virus and malware elimination tool
- make sure you install the right ad-blocking or anti-miner extension (note the case of fake AdBlock Plus add-on)