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Phone inexplicable failure? Kaspersky told you that mining viruses may be at work

Kaspersky Lab announced this month it found a "loapi," a trojan virus that had not been detected before. On the face of it, this malware is no different from other viruses hidden in Android in recent years. However, in fact, such malware can run encrypted currency mining procedures in the device until the device fails completely.

News bombing

Unlike other malware, Loapi does not sneak into Google Store by disguising its true identity, nor does it quietly collect user information and privacy data from devices. Conversely, users can easily become infected by visiting ads on illegal websites, downloading adult apps, and (very ironically) fake anti-virus software. When a seemingly harmless app is installed, things get out of control quickly.

Once the virus-laden app is installed, users are prompted to provide device management authorization. Even if the user chooses to reject it at first, the app continues to bomb the message until the user gives in and gives authorization.

An app gaining administrator rights means that it has full control over the entire handset system. Once licensed, the app can decide to display ad banners and videos, open Facebook pages, and even open cryptocurrency mining while the phone is in normal operation until the phone is not working properly.

Mobile mining software

The last and most worrying point is that as Monroe mining software invades websites and computer equipment, the impact of mobile devices can only be a matter of time. Mobile encryption currency mining software can cause irreparable damage to the hardware, so highly harmful. After Kaspersky testing, the Loapi virus will cause the smartphone device to overheat due to the processor being used for too long. In addition, after 48 hours of mining software operation, technicians also found that there was a slight burst of cell phone battery.

Kaspersky also stressed that this Trojan can force the device into the botnet, eventually resulting in DDoS attacks on network resources (Distributed Denial of Service attacks). With administrator privileges, such malware can turn on the built-in proxy server and send a large amount of HTTP requests over the network.

Kaspersky reminds users cautious download google app does not provide, they also recommend that users use regular anti-virus software. While Google does not critically review app offerings in shops as App does, there is always a significant security risk in installing apps from unknown sources.

In early 2017, Google announced the launch of a Play Protection program to prevent malware from appearing in stores. However, if not the app provided by Google Store, they can not guarantee the security of the software.