Sneaky fake Google Translate app installs crypto miner on 112,000 PCs

Crypto mining malware has been sneakily invading hundreds of thousands of computers around the world since 2019, often masquerading as legitimate programs such as Google (NASDAQ:) Translate, new research has found.

In an Aug. 29 report by Check Point Research (CPR), a research team for American-Israeli cybersecurity provider, Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:) revealed the malware has been flying under the radar for years, thanks partly to its insidious design which delays installing the crypto mining malware for weeks after the initial software download.

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Screenshot by Check Point Research of the alleged fake app

Design helps avoid detection