Trojan:Android/CoinMiner.A

Classification

Malware

Trojan

Android

Trojan:Android/CoinMiner, ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.HBT

Summary

Trojan:Android/CoinMiner.A is distributed in repackaged applications and silently uses the infected device's physical resources to mine digital currency.

Removal

Automatic action

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    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

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    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Trojan:Android/CoinMiner is distributed in trojanized versions of popular apps, which were most likely encountered by users in third-party app stores. Similar behavior was reportedly also found in some apps in the Google Play Store.

CoinMiner uses the resources of the device (the memory, CPU, Internet connection and so on) to silently mine for digital currency, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin or Dogecoin. Using the device's physical resources this way results in decreased device performance. The device may also overheat, charge slowly or show other signs of the excessive strain on its resources.

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