Goggle has disengaged the presence of some malicious crypto-mining apps like BitFunds, Bitcoin Miner, Crypto Holic, Daily Bitcoin, Bitcoin (BTC), and others from the Play Store after identifying that these apps are used only to install various dangerous malware and adware into smartphones. Users of these apps have been advised to uninstall them from their smartphones.
Goggle banned these apps after confirming the report of the activities of these apps in question. It was said that owners of these apps were using the recent public interest in cryptocurrency to trick innocent users into installing malicious apps on their smartphones containing dangerous malware and adware.
These apps have been banned on Goggle Play Store for containing dangerous malware and adware: BitFunds, Bitcoin Miner, Bitcoin (BTC), Crypto Holic, Daily Bitcoin Rewards, Bitcoin 2021, MineBit Pro, and Ethereum (ETH) Cloud.
A security firm upon analysis found that the total number of these malicious apps is eight. It further stated that these eight malicious apps were tricking victims into watching ads, paying for subscription services that have an average monthly fee of $15, and paying for increased mining capabilities without getting anything in return.
This was the reason why it was reported to Goggle Play, and after confirming the report they removed the apps. Even though the apps have been removed from Play Stores, they can still be found on many smartphones, as such, users are enjoined to remove these apps on their devices as well.
The list of the apps banned from the Play Store includes BitFunds – Crypto Cloud Mining; Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining; Bitcoin (BTC) – Pool Mining Cloud Wallet; Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining; Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System; Bitcoin 2021; MineBit Pro – Crypto Cloud Mining & BTC miner; and Ethereum (ETH) – Pool Mining Cloud.
Though those apps are gone from Play Store, findings revealed that there are up to 120 fake cryptocurrency mining apps available online, most of which can deceive users.