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Sneaky cryptocurrency mining malware Loapi can literally melt your phone

December 22nd, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/413921-loapi-cryptocurrency-mining-malware/

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has exposed a powerful malware that infiltrates smartphones to secretly mine cryptrocurrency and carry out DDoS attacks.

Loapi, the malicious software, is so power-hungry that it can overheat your battery and fry your phone. The virus physically destroyed the Kaspersky Lab test phone just two days after being infected with it.

. “Because of the constant load caused by the mining module and generated traffic, the battery bulged and deformed the phone cover.

Loapi is Trojan malware that is most commonly picked up by users who click on ad banner advertising in adult content apps. Pop up advertisements for fake anti-virus software is also a common vehicle for the malware.

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