Ubuntu Snap Store app contained cryptocurrency miner, showing open source doesn’t equal safe

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There was a recent discovery that an app called “2048buntu” in the Ubuntu Snap Store contained cryptocurrency (Bytecoin) mining code. Thankfully, this app — and the developer’s other submissions — have since been removed. Yeah, it’s annoying that the developer chose to add this code, but is it really a malicious thing? I mean, since the app is open source, this mining code was technically not hidden, right? After all, the open nature is how it was discovered. What is the downside to having this cryptocurrency code commingled with the expected code? Well, the mining can slow down your computer…

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