Monero (XMR) Was Stealthily Mined by Eight Cryptojacking Apps That Have Been Already Removed from Microsoft Store

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Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:06
Alex Dovbnya
Microsoft removed the malicious apps from its app store, but it’s unclear how many users had downloaded them
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According to a new report that was released by Symantec on Feb. 15, eight cryptojacking apps have been deleted from Microsoft’s app store after being initially detected back in January. The apps appeared in the Microsoft Store between April and December 2018.  

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The malicious apps belonged to a wide array of categories — from web browsers to optimization tutorials, but all of them are reportedly attributed to just three developers. Moreover, Symantec claims that all these apps most likely were produced by the same group that targeted uninitiated users in order to stealthily mine cryptocurrencies.

Cryptojacking remains prevalent  

As any other cryptojacking tools, these apps would activate a mining script that would allow utilizing the lion’s share of computer resources for mining Monero. As U.Today reported earlier, Monero is considered to be the most popular currency with cryptojackers. In fact, cryptojacking is responsible for 4 percent of the total supply of the flagship privacy coin.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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