Bogus crypto-mining apps infest Google Play

100,000 people (and counting) have been scammed by fake crypto-mining apps on Android. Apps that promised cloud-based mining services for a fee — but delivered nothing. 

These fake Android apps target those interested in earning virtual coins by urging them to invest money into a cloud-mining operation. All eight of the recently removed apps turned out to harbor malware, detected as FakeMinerPay and FakeMinerAd. 

The apps included: 

BitFunds – Crypto Cloud Mining 

Bitcoin Miner – Cloud Mining 

Bitcoin (BTC) – Pool Mining Cloud Wallet 

Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining 

Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System 

Bitcoin 2021 

MineBit Pro – Crypto Cloud Mining & btc miner 

Ethereum (ETH) – Pool Mining Cloud 

“Sadly, some of these apps, like BitFunds, has been downloaded more than 100,000. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of the apps required a fee. Crypto Holic – Bitcoin Cloud Mining costs $12.99 to download, while Daily Bitcoin Rewards – Cloud Based Mining System costs $5.99. 

What you can, and can’t, do about this. Needless to say, if you have any of these apps on your Android phone, go into Settings > Apps & Notifications and select and uninstall them. If you’ve paid for these apps and/or their services and subscriptions using a credit card, contact your financial institution to have the chargers reversed.  

But if you paid using Bitcoin or Ethereum tokens, you are most likely out of luck.