The Google PlayStore has joined Apple’s App Store in banning cryptocurrency mining apps. Assuming users will not sideload on Android, this move can close any cryptocurrency mining activities on both platforms.
“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.” – Google Play Developer Policy Center
This is in addition to cryptocurrency mining browser extensions in the Chrome web store that were removed. The company shares that most of the developers failed to comply with its policy or are simply malicious.
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Google and Apple are clamping down on crypto-mining applications as their popularity spiked around 44.5% last year. Most of them hijack a user’s device without permission. Users who are hit with a crypto mining malware may notice a significant decrease of battery life and massive CPU drain.
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According to a report by Skybox Security in its mid-year update, it says that 32% of cyber attacks are from crypto miners against ransomware’s 8%. Comparing it to last year stats, the figures are completely reversed.