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Android devices targeted in web-based cyberattack, forced to mine cryptocurrency

Building a slide deck, pitch, or presentation? Here are the big takeaways: A new cryptomining attack targets only Android phones, potentially because mining on phones does not give the audible cue of fans revving up as a processor is maxed out. As the attack is propagated through the web, the potential for Google to detect and ban offending APKs using code audits seems remote.

A series of related web pages have been targeting Android devices for mining the Monero cryptocurrency since at least November 2017. While this attack occurs over the web—not in malware distributed in an APK—the attack and associated mining script can seemingly be invoked as part of advertising modules in free mobile apps.

The attack, discovered by MalwareBytes researcher Jérôme Segura, was found while researching the EITest malware family. While the associated domains display information relating to a standard technical support scam when viewed on Internet Explorer or Chrome, the Monero mining...(continued)

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