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Hidden code for cryptomining discovered in 19 Google Play apps

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A research done by British security software company Sophos has found 19 applications available on Google Play involved in cryptomining without the user’s consent. A 13-page report by threat researcher Pankaj Kohli details the discovery of hidden Coinhive JavaScript mining code inside HTML files in the apps. CoinHive is a JavaScript-based miner which allows a user to mine open-source cryptocurrency Monero using a web browser – in this case the application’s inbuilt browser. All the apps in question seem to have been made by the same developer. In many of these apps, the page is loaded whenever the app is started. Well-developed apps even use CPU throttling to prevent heating up of the device and draining of battery to conceal its presence. A large percentage of CoinHive apps, which offered videos and information about wrestling, were published around Christmas from four…

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