25 Apps Containing Mining Malware on Google Play Store

Despite Ban, 25 Google Play Apps Found to Cryptojack Users

Sophoslabs has released a report where the provider claims to have identified 25 Android programs printed on the official Google Play shop that contain script easing the ‘cryptojacking‘ of users’ computing tools.

Sophoslabs claims to have found 25 programs on the official Google Play shop which contain cryptojacking code inside them.

A report released by the organization asserts that the programs in question have”been installed and downloaded over 120,000 times.”

The programs accused on comprising cryptojacking code are LHDS Vendors — that is printed by Taste of Life Group, Mobeleader from Abser Technologies S.L., Palkar from Palpostr.com, Dizi Fragmanları İzle from Oguzhan Kivrak, Helper for Knight Game from Evgeny Solovyov, Game Viet 2048 from Thanhtu Media, Trance Droid by Joyful Appys, A Paintbox For Children by Uwe Post, Afterlife: RPG Clicker CCG by Levius LLC, Dominoes Games from Fun Board Games, Info Guru Pendidikan by Cakrawala Pengetahuan, Lighton by Buyguard, Tapbugs and Dreamspell — both released by Riccotz, along with 11 programs published by Gadgetium — most which included”prep apps for standardized tests given in the United States.”

88% of Cryptojacking Apps Contain Coinhive Implementation

22 of the 25 programs identified by Sophoslabs have been discovered to contain an implementation of Coinhive’s code.

Lighton and Mobeleader have been found to hosting mining scripts on their servers –“presumably to thwart firewalls or parental controls/reputation services that may obstruct Coinhive’s domain .”

A Paintbox for Kids was found to be running Xmrig –“an open source CPU miner that can mine several cryptocurrencies in addition to XMR.”

Cryptojacking Apps Discovered in Spite of Ban

The discovery of these programs comes despite this Google Play Store’s July ban on”programs that mine cryptocurrency on apparatus ”

The ban followed other project perceived to include a crackdown on crypto across Google’s platforms — such as the prohibiting of cryptocurrency mining extensions in the Chrome Internet shop in April, along with the banning of advertisements content pertaining to”cryptocurrencies and relevant articles” out of Google’s platforms at March.

Last week, Google revealed the first signs of softening its position on cryptocurrency since launch its crackdown, declaring that”The Google advertising policy on financial products and providers will likely be upgraded at October 2018 to permit controlled cryptocurrency exchanges to market in the USA and Japan.”

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