Trend Micro, a company specializing in cyber security, reports a new type of malware for Android.
When installed, Malware will mine Monero using the smartphone processor until it exhausts all resources or the mobile device does not break.
In the code of HiddenMiner there is no controller, switch or optimizer, it constantly mines the Monero, right up to the mobile device overheating.
If the researchers' warnings are correct, this is not the first malicious software that can kill your smartphone: last year there was a case when Loapi Android malware exploited device so hard that the smartphone its battery swelled and cracked the back of the device, destroying the mobile device within 48 hours.
Trend Micro reports that the new malware has some similarities with Loapi. With the help of HiddenMiner, one of its operators produced 26 XMRs - about $ 5,360 - from one of the wallets.
HiddenMiner is an application on Google Play and forces users to activate it as a device administrator.
It will constantly appear until the victim presses the "Activate" button; after granting permission, HiddenMiner will start minning Monero in the background.
It is difficult to delete a miner, it blocks such user actions.