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Researchers say that most of the infected users are based either in China or India. Experts say they’ve tracked the malware’s operations back to a mining pool where crooks made 26 XMR (around $5,400).

HiddenMiner is not the first untethered Monero-mining malware that affects Android devices. The first was Loapi, spotted last December.

HiddenMiner took inspiration from Loapi because just like the aforementioned, HiddenMiner works by tricking users into giving it access to an administrator account. The malware then uses this account to hide the original app behind transparent app icon, and immediately start a Monero miner that runs at all times in the phone’s background.

“There is no switch, controller or optimizer in HiddenMiner’s code, which means it will continuously mine Monero until the device’s resources are exhausted. Given HiddenMiner’s nature, it could cause the affected device to overheat and potentially fail,” said Lorin Wu, a Mobile Threat Analyst for Trend Micro. Read more from…

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