27 Mar '14, 4pm

Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

Some Android users have noticed their phones and tablets are charging slowly and heating up quickly while plugged in. They actually may have a major issue on their hands. A new strain of malware found in various popular apps is reportedly stealing digital currency, taxing the device's processor and battery while it charges, according to a researcher at antivirus firm Trend Micro . It's believed the malware has affected "thousands of devices." See also: 6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone The malware — called ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.HBT — has been detected in Android apps coming from the Google Play store, including Songs, Football Manager Handheld and TuneIn Radio. "This malware uses a victim’s phone resources to 'mine' crytpocurrencies like Bitcoin," Christopher Budd, Trend Micro's threat communications manager, told Mashable . "In essence, the victim’s phone is put to work t...

Full article: http://mashable.com/2014/03/27/android-app-bitcoin-malware/

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