Bitcoin mining malware is on the rise on Android, with most of these threats spreading via apps. Here's how to defend yourself
The effects of malicious mining apps
The second Android malware, namely ANDROIDOS_CPUMINER, adds cryptocurrency mining libraries to legitimate apps, which are then packaged and distributed on the Google Play Store. The concrete effects of these malicious apps on users' devices result in increased smartphone wear and tear, reduced battery life, and slower overall performance than usual. These apps show that threats related to invisible mining of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, are starting to make their way to mobile devices as well. On computers, on the other hand, they are already widely known and used by hackers.
How to Defend
Users, in order to defend themselves, should keep track of any possible negative changes in their device's performance. This can help you figure out if you have been hit by a malicious cryptocurrency mining application. And if so, perform a thorough scan with an antivirus.