Two Android apps mining Bitcoins without any notice are discovered

The company Trend Micro has discovered that two applications for Android, which have millions of users, are used for calculations in the background of Bitcoin mining cryptocurrency, without being announced.

The names of the applications are ‘Songs’ and ‘Prize’. The first one is still available in Google Play. Both of them do not warn the users of the type of tasks performed in the background or while the phones are being charged.

Apps mining Bitcoins are extremely demanding in resources and powers. The ‘ miners’ who try to get Bitcoins, need machines with CPUs and really powerful GPUs to achieve decent performance and also have the associated cost of the energy needed to produce the coins.

The developments were intended to combine the power of millions of smartphones to aid in this calculation. Although the mechanism was ingenious, one of the people responsible for the discovery, explained that the idea was not particularly good.