Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Infecting Android Phones Via Google Play Store

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Nov 08, 2017 09:30 am PST

News has surfaced that mobile software found on Google’s Play Store, the official application marketplace, contains malware that could infect Android devices and clandestinely mine cryptocurrency. Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault commented below.

Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault:

Javvad Malik“Criminals will tend to follow the trend to maximise their chance of success. As mobiles dominate the market with users using them more and more for every day tasks, and as they get more powerful, it makes sense for criminals to focus efforts on infecting mobile devices.

Users should exercise caution when downloading apps, even from legitimate app stores, be wary of the permissions apps ask for, and avoid installing those apps which ask for excessive permissions.”