8 Windows apps that secretly mined cryptocurrency removed from Microsoft app store

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Symantec researchers found eight applications in the Microsoft app store that included a Coinhive script for hidden mining of Monero (XMR) using the computing power of the user’s computer.

They were all intended for Windows 10 and were added by three developers, DigiDream, 1clean and Findoo, but analysts suggest that one person or group is behind their creation. All products were published from April to December 2018 and users could find them in the list of the best free apps.

After downloading and installing them, they add the mining JavaScript library by running Google Tag Manager on their servers. Next, a script is activated that uses the lion’s share of the computing power of the victim’s PC processor for mining.

The description of the remote applications did not mention the accompanying mining. Although they were in the store for less than a year, the researchers say that many users may have started using them during this period..

8 Windows apps that secretly mined cryptocurrency removed from Microsoft app store

Due to its high privacy, Monero is the most popular cryptocurrency among cybercriminals. Symantec believes that hackers have mined more than 4.3% of the total number of existing coins, and 2,218 groups are involved in illegal mining..

Earlier, we also reported that JP Morgan Chase, one of the largest banks in the world, has developed its own cryptocurrency JPM Coin and is preparing for global tests in real conditions.

text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: kinnisvarablog, Symantec

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