Google Play Store banned mining apps for two months, but 25 cryptographic apps were found
A recent report from the Sopho laboratories shows that there are currently 25 Android apps in violation of the recent ban Google published on their Play Store against "apps that hold the cryptocurrency on devices". This report indicated that official apps contain a script that enables the "encryption" of users' computer resources. The report indicated that the apps found have already been "downloaded and installed more than 120,000 times".
All cryptojacking apps are directly under LHDS Vendor, a series of apps that are published by:
- Taste of Life Group
- Mobeleader by Abser Technologies S.L.
- Palkar of Palpostr.com
- Dizi Fragmanları İzle from Oguzhan Kivrak
- Helper for Knight Game by Evgeny Solovyov
- Game Viet 2048 by Thanhtu Media
- Trance Droid by Happy Appys
- A painting for children by Uwe Post
- Afterlife: RPG Clicker CCG of Levius LLC
- Domino games from Fun Board Games
- Info Guru Pendidikan of Cakrawala Pengetahuan
- Lighton of Buyguard
- Tapbugs and Dreamspell – both published by Riccotz
- 11 additional apps published by Gadgetium
Each of these apps is used by students to prepare for standardized tests in the United States. Of the 25 apps, 22 of them were found to have the Coinhive code. Two of the others, Lighton and Mobeleader, hosted mining scripts from their own servers. The report said this was "presumably to counter firewalls or parental controls / reputation services that could block Coinhive's domain by default." Last, A Paintbox for Kids, had Xmrig running, which is "a open source CPU miner that can extract different cryptocurrencies in addition to XMR ".
In the ban of Google Play Store, it seems that they follow the other Google platforms, like the Chrome Web Store in April. At Google's level, Google has prohibited any advertising of "cryptocurrencies and related content" on their platforms.
Despite these bans until 2018, Google could loosen the regimes of their announcement. A recent announcement said: "The Google ads policy on financial products and services will be updated in October 2018 to allow regulated cryptocurrency trading to advertise in the US and Japan."