Hundreds of fake Android apps have a hidden Coinhive miner

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The Bitcoin bubble means there is a massive interest in cryptocurrencies, particularly from those looking for an easy way to make a quick buck. It’s also led to secretive mining tools making use of people’s CPUs without their knowledge, mining for profitable cryptocurrency for persons unknown. We’ve seen this with both websites and browser extensions, and now a security researcher has discovered a series of fake Android apps harboring an undisclosed Coinhive cryptocurrency miner. The repackaged APKs take advantage of the CPUs of the smartphones the apps are installed on. See also: BlackBerry Mobile site hacked to run Monero cryptocurrency miner…

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