If you own an Android phone, you’ll want to delete these apps immediately to prevent hackers from cryptojacking your device.
A cryptocurrency-mining malware has been disguising itself as legitimate-looking applications on Android devices.
What is cryptojacking?
Cryptojacking, or “jack attack”, is a type of malware that uses a computer or smartphone’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency for hackers.
This can slow down a user’s device, and it can also cause their smartphones to overheat.
Cryptojackers can infect your device in a number of ways, including phishing attacks, malicious websites, and infected software.
Phishing is a scam where attackers deceive people into revealing sensitive information.
Once a user’s device is infected, the cryptojacking malware will run in the background and start mining cryptocurrency.
How to protect yourself
There are a number of ways that Android users can mitigate their risk of falling victim to a cryptojacking attack.
First, you should always avoid installing apps from unofficial Android stores.
“Unlike Google Play and Apple’s App Store, which have measures in place to review and vet apps to help ensure that they are safe and secure, third-party sites might very well not,” cybersecurity company McAfee noted.
“Further, some third-party sites might intentionally host malicious apps as part of a broader scam.”
So if it’s not from the official store — get rid of it ASAP.
Furthermore, you should never download anything from strange pop-up windows.
It can also be helpful to read user reviews and keep Google’s Play Protect feature active.
You should also always keep your device updated with the latest software and security updates.
“Comprehensive online protection software can protect you in several ways,” McAfee said.
This story was published by the US Sunand was reproduced with permission.