Canonical finds hidden crypto-miners in the Linux Snap app store

May 15, 2018 Matthew Hughes


Last Friday, Canonical, the developer of the popular Ubuntu operating system and owner of the Snapcraft app store, spotted one application surreptitiously mining cryptocurrencies in the background. In the blog post announcing the incident, Canonical deliberately avoided naming the app or the publisher. Canonical said the publisher was uploading open-source software with licenses that allowed the inclusion of mining software. It’s thererfore entirely possible that the original developer is unaware that their software had been monetized in this fashion. The open-source company said that all snaps released by the publisher have been temporarily removed and will be re-uploaded without the…

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