27 Mar '14, 1pm

Are your Android apps mining bitcoin and Dogecoin without telling you?

Are your Android apps mining bitcoin and Dogecoin without telling you?

One way to get crytocurrencies like bitcoin, Dogecoin and Litecoin is to buy them with traditional money. Another is to "mine" them using dedicated software. A new report suggests that a new strain of Android malware called ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.HBT is mining for all three cryptocurrencies mentioned above, without the knowledge or permission of the owner of the devices it is installed on. The malware was first reported on by security firm G Data International in February, but now rival Trend Micro has uncovered more details about how it is finding its way onto people's devices. Both companies note that ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.HBT works by injecting legitimate cryptocurrency mining code from an existing app into "repacked" versions of Android apps including Football Manager Handheld and TuneIn Radio. "The miner is started as a background service once it detects that the affected de...

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/27/android...

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