A new strain of mining malware reaches the Android based TV systems, in specially Fire TV series, by Amazon.
If you have an Amazon FireTV and it stops playing videos suddenly and slows down, you may be attacked by something called, which transforms televisions connected to the network into cryptocurrency mining equipment for the benefit of hackers, says experts from the International Institute of Cyber Security. The virus appears in the first instance when it is revealed as a test application called“ ”.
The original finding of this attack came from a XDA Developers Forum user, who complained about an application called “test”, which is not found in the appstore; this application appeared and forced the media content to stop. In worst cases, television collapses suddenly because it doesn’t process any input, as its processing capacity will be dedicated to cryptocurrency mining.
This is not the first time we’ve heard of. A few months ago, it managed to extend to 5,000 phones with Android operating system in just 24 hours.
Since the Amazon’s Fire TV runs on Android, it was only a matter of time before the virus also touched these devices. Netlab discovered that the mining malware scans devices for port5555, which normally uses the Android system for debugging.
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