A new report coming from Symantec revealed that eight cryptojacking apps had been removed from the Microsoft Store after they have been detected as being malicious back in January.
They popped up in the store between April and December. Symantec believes that there may be a single bad actor behind all the apps. UToday reports that the apps belonged to a wide array of categories. Symantec also said that the apps were targeting novice users to mine crypto.
“On January 17, we discovered several potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) on the Microsoft Store that surreptitiously use the victim’s CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. We reported these apps to Microsoft, and they subsequently removed them from their store,” Symantec writes.