Monero HiddenMiner Can Cause Device Crash

New malware can literally destoy users' devices while mining XMR
29 March 2018   402

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.

Confirmed: Ledger Hardware Wallet to Support Monero

Riccardo Spagni, a member of Monero Core Team, confirmed that Monero will be supported in Ledger hardware wallet
12 April 2018   245

In September of 2017 we have reported about GitHub page from LedgerHQ called blue-app-monero, according to which on Monday, September 4, the process of integration of Monero in Ledger and Blue Ledger Nano S has begun. Now we can certainly say that Monero will be supported in Ledger hardware wallet, as that was confirmed by Riccardo Spagni, a member of Monero Core Team.

...We have to do a bunch of work for it and it becomes painful. We've seen it with Ledger. It has taken a year to get Monero support on Ledger and that's only really coming together now. And it is because of the amount of work and effort that is needed to go into doing that.

Riccardo Spagni

Riccardo Spagni was talking about Monero and privacy on Doug Polk Podcast on April 9, 2018. The member of Monero Core Team said that Monero is already on Ledger, and there are some commits being performed to fix a couple of small issues. He stated that the official Ledger support will go live alongside the Monero 0.12.1 release. Moreover, Riccardo Spagni said some words about Trezor support, stating that Trezor team is currently working on it.

I think that Ledger has kind of blazed the way, there is a lot of stuff that Trezor can suck in from that.

Riccardo Spagni

What is more, he stated that there is a group in Monero community that is also building a hardware wallet which is based on the Trezor's schematics. We believe that it is great news for Monero community as the privacy coin will be finally officially supported on hardware wallet Ledger.