Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones [telecom]

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Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm
phones

By Dan Goodin

A newly discovered piece of Android malware carries out a litany of
malicious activities, including showing an almost unending series of
ads, participating in distributed denial-of-service attacks, sending
text messages to any number, and silently subscribing to paid
services. Its biggest offense: a surreptitious cryptocurrency miner
that's so aggressive it can physically damage an infected phone.

Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi is hidden inside apps distributed through
third-party markets, browser ads, and SMS-based spam. Researchers from
antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have dubbed it a "jack of all trades"
to emphasize the breadth of nefarious things it can do. Most notably,
Loapi apps contain a module that mines Monero, a newer type of digital
currency that's less resource intensive than Bitcoin and most other
cryptocurrencies. The module allows the malware creators to generate
new coins by leaching the electricity and hardware of infected phone
owners.


https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/currency-mining-android-malware-is-so-aggressive-it-can-physically-harm-phones/

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