Cryptocurrency mining malware infecting Android phones via Google Play Store

News has surfaced that mobile software found on Google’s Play Store, the official application marketplace, contains malware that could infect Android devices and clandestinely mine cryptocurrency.

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Commenting on the news is Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, who said:

Criminals will tend to follow the trend to maximise their chance of success. As mobiles dominate the market with users using them more and more for every day tasks, and as they get more powerful, it makes sense for criminals to focus efforts on infecting mobile devices.

Users should exercise caution when downloading apps, even from legitimate app stores, be wary of the permissions apps ask for, and avoid installing those apps which ask for excessive permissions.