The report also states that with the processes running in the background on Android applications, Trend Micro has been able to trace the code back to two crypto miners dubbed ‘ANDROID_JSMINER and ANDROIDOS_CPUMINER’.
An Android miner detected through Avast anti-malware service. Image: Ethereum World News
Security researchers have advised users to keep a track on their smartphone’s CPU usage which could be a key indicator towards knowing whether a malware is in play. Trend Labs has also reached out to Google to have the compromised applications removed from the Google Play Store, to limit the damage. However, the ability of the code to stay hidden from Google’s security scans in their app ecosystem does raise pertinent questions.
Published Date: Oct 31, 2017 11:49 pm | Updated Date: Oct 31, 2017 11:49 pm