Scammers' phony bitcoin mining apps have been taken down from Google Play.

After being discovered to be harmful, Google Play has removed eight cryptocurrency mining apps. According to a blog post published on August 18 by security firm Trend Micro, the following apps are being used fraudulently by hackers:

  1. BitFunds – Crypto Cloud Mining
  2. Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining
  3. Bitcoin (BTC) – Pool Mining Cloud Wallet
  4. Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining
  5. Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System
  6. Bitcoin 2021
  7. MineBit Pro – Crypto Cloud Mining & btc miner
  8. Ethereum (ETH) – Pool Mining Cloud

These mining apps were duping individuals into watching commercials, paying for subscription services that cost an average of $15 per month, and paying for fictitious expanded mining capabilities, according to the cybersecurity software business.

Analysis indicated that the eight identified applications did not have any cryptocurrency-mining behavior, Trend Micro noted that the false mining activity on the apps' user interface (UI) is done through a local mining simulation module that comes with a counter and certain random actions.

Surprisingly, two of these harmful programs have a cost associated with them. Users must pay $12.99 for Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining and $5.99 for Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System in order to download them.

Google Play has been cleared of malicious mining apps.

Following the discovery, Trend Micro claimed it notified Google Play, which swiftly removed the affected apps.

Despite Google Play's fast response, Trend Micro claims that when searching for "cloud mining" on the marketplace, a slew of troubling apps appear. Some of them have even received over 100,000 downloads.

“According to statistics from Trend Micro's Mobile App Reputation Service (MARS), there are still over 120 bogus cryptocurrency mining apps available online. Between July 2020 and July 2021, these apps, which do not have bitcoin mining capabilities and trick users into watching in-app adverts, affected more than 4,500 individuals globally, according to the business.

Users who have downloaded the phony mining apps are advised to uninstall them. To avoid these types of risks, Trend Micro recommends that customers adopt security solutions that can inform them of fake programs.

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