Threat Category: Malicious or privacy-invasive application
Threat Description: While traditionally a threat against systems with greater individual system resources, the multitude of mobile devices provides an attacker who can run computations on a large number of compromised devices with an advantage in performimg other work. The computations performed on behalf of the attacker potentially cause a denial-of-service attack against the user due to the increased consumption of device resources such as battery power, computational power, network bandwidth, data usage limits, or device storage.
Mobile Malware Mines Dogecoins Litecoins for Bitcoin Payout1
Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones 3
To reduce the risk of installing apps with trojan functionality, only download apps from official app stores.
Use malware detection apps that identify malware by anomalous energy consumption.Enterprise
Use malware detection apps that identify malware by anomalous energy consumption.
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D. Goodin, “Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones”, Ars Technica, 19 Dec. 2017; https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/currency-mining-android-malware-is-so-aggressive-it-can-physically-harm-phones/ [accessed 02/02/2018] ↩