New Android Malware Mining Virtual Currency in China and India

The new malware focuses on virtual currency mining, exploiting the battery consumption of the devices and actually producing virtual money for the attackers with almost an effort. This is in addition to the fact that the attackers still get their control over the device being attacked.

A new malware called HiddenMiner threatens not only to extract virtual money from your device, but also to “break” it and make it stop working. The malware adopts the device which will cause the device to warm up for no reason that seems reasonable to the user.

The name of the malware is due to HiddenMiner’s ability to disguise itself inside the device without the possibility of the device detecting it with anti-virus tests. So far the infected apps are in third-party Android stores, meaning not in the Play Store, and so far the main victims are users in China and India. According to the researchers, it is possible that the malware will soon reach the Play Store, and the number of casualties will be greater.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the application at installation asks for full access to Admin and to perform operations that appear to be puzzling, which should be taken care of. The picture below shows how the malware is hiding itself on the user’s home screen and therefore can not be identified.

Read the full research from Trend Micro.

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