Altcoin apps stealing hashes?


It was super cool to discover so many alt coins have cloned the Bitcoin Wallet Android app, however I noticed that the phone started running unusally hot after installing all the coin apps, even when I hadn't opened any since device boot.

After booting my phone (it had been off for a few hours and was cool to the touch) I found that it was running hot after a few minutes.

I opened the app manager and found that the following coins were running:

Vertcoin (Beta)

Execoin (Beta)


I remember reading an article about apps that use your phone to steal hashes.

Does anyone know if these apps (or any other wallet apps) have any malicious/devious code?


Posted 2014-05-09T21:09:07.817

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1Wouldn't it make more sense for the app to be mining the coin that it is a wallet for? Unless the coin (and app) is just a scam, which isn't unlikely. – Greg Hewgill – 2014-05-10T07:27:57.747

Those three coins were running, but which one(s) were using up power? – Tim S. – 2014-05-10T11:10:51.103

No answers