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Microsoft removed ten apps from its official app store for indulging in crypto mining activities. The apps involved in Monero Cryptocurrency (XMR) mining include Downloader for YouTube Videos, VPN Browsers+, Clean Master+ (Tutorials), Battery Optimizer (Tutorials), Fast Tube, Findoo Mobile & Desktop search, Findoo Browser 2019, and Fast Search Lite. These apps mine the digital currency for the developers including Findoo, 1Clean, and DigiDream at the back of the users.
Symantec detects malicious apps
Symantec, a prominent cybersecurity firm based in the US, identified the malicious apps in February 2019. The security firm detected the malicious activity from the source code and the leading domains. Symantec believes that the same group or person developed all the eight apps under different names. All the apps used GTM (Google Tag Manager) Library in their source code.
Apps run in a standalone window
The users can detect malicious activity by checking the CPU usage. The malicious apps consume 100% of the CPU power. It is not clear how many PCs are affected by these malicious apps.