Coin Miner Mobile Malware Returns, Hits Google Play [source: blog.trendmicro]
The efficacy of mobile devices to actually produce cryptocurrency in any meaningful amount is still doubtful. However, the effects on users of affected devices are clear: increased device wear and tear, reduced battery life, comparably slower performance.
This is not the first time we’ve found these types of apps on app stores. Several years ago, we found malicious apps on the Google Play store detected as ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN, a malware family with hidden cryptocurrency mining capabilities.
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