Millions of Android phones hijacked by Cryptocurrency mining site
We are in an era, where everyone has one phone or even more. We are used to these gadgets for our daily routines. These gadgets are getting upgraded. Almost every single day a new gadget is entering into this world with a new feature. We are using technology in our day-to-day life. We are transferring money online, and sharing our personal information as well.
But as this technology is making our lives easier, it’s becoming unsafe, too. Recently such an incident has come to light, where millions of smartphones has been hijacked. Besides PC, Cryptocurrency Mining site is hijacking smartphones too. Malwarebytes has detailed a “drive-by” mining campaign. That is redirecting millions of Android users to a website that hijacked their phone processors for mining Monero. Researchers believe that many malicious sites are driving people to these pages. When someone reaches to that page then it shows a message “suspicious web activity” until you enter the captcha code to stop it.
Exact number is not known but its too large. Over 2 of these sites are visited for over 30 million times and has 800,00 visits per day.However users has visited these pages for a very short time but it amounted a lot.
Its obvious that smartphone users use many phone defending apps, hence they are less likely to fall prey to these hijacks. But there is something doubtful with this. As long as Cryptocurrency mining hijack issue exist, users should be attentive while sharing there currency online.