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Google Play Store Removes 8 Fake Cryptocurrency Mining Apps for Tricking Users

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Highlights:

  • Google recently removes 8 applications from the Play store.
  • The apps removed from Google Play Store have already been downloaded a total of 10 million times.
  • These apps have reportedly been identified to render fraudulent advertising in users’ devices

Google recently removed 8 mobile apps from its Play Store. People have downloaded these apps more than 10 million times. These apps were showing frivolous advertisements to the people and through these advertisements, dangerous malware was reaching the phones of people, which could harm the users on a large scale.

These eight apps promised users to earn cryptocurrency by investing money into their cloud-mining operation. The company spotted that the malicious apps only tricked victims into watching ads and pay a subscription of $15 (approx Rs 1,110) for increased mining capabilities.

The deleted apps from the Google Play Store are:

There is also a risk of data theft from malware, so it is important for you to delete them immediately if you have these apps on your phone. Before removal, the suspected applications gained around 120,0000 downloads as Zscaler. The deleted apps from the Google Play Store are:

  • BitFunds – Crypto Cloud Mining
  • Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining
  • Bitcoin (BTC) – Pool Mining Cloud Wallet
  • Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining
  •  Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System
  • Bitcoin 2021
  • MineBit Pro – Crypto Cloud Mining & BTC miner
  • Ethereum (ETH) – Pool Mining Cloud.

Multinational cybersecurity software company Trend Micro published a report, warning about deceptive cryptocurrency cloud mining apps that trick victims into watching ads and paying for subscription services. The app description says that it will allow users to mine cryptocurrency for free initially, but to add more mining capabilities, the app asks customers to pay. However, in reality, it never performs any operations. The firm wrote:

“We recently discovered eight deceptive mobile apps that masquerade as cryptocurrency cloud mining applications … where users can earn cryptocurrency by investing money into a cloud-mining operation”.

It is advised to download apps from trusted third-party developers or at least view the company’s webpage (usually available on Google Play listing) to check their authenticity. Additionally, reading reviews of the app is also a good practice. Also, it is good practice to install anti-virus apps on devices to keep a check on fake malware-laced apps.

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