Eight crypto jacking apps found on the Microsoft Store tha abuses victim’s CPU cycle to mine Monero without user knowledge.
Symantec detected the malicious apps on Microsoft Store disguised as the apps for computer and battery optimization tutorial, internet search, web browsers, and video viewing and download.
The mining scripts once activated abuses computer’s CPU cycle’s to mine Monero cryptocurrency for the attackers.
According to Symantec, the apps appear to be published between April and December 2018 and the number of users infected with the app still remains unknown.
Once the app launched it leverages XMR coinhive mining scripts through Google Tag Manager(GTM) from the attacker’s domain servers. the coinhive script loaded from remote location http://statdynamic[.]com/lib/crypta.js.
Based on the WHOIS search all the apps appeared to be hosted in the same origin and published by same developers with a different username. The apps came from three developers DigiDream, 1clean, and Findoo.