Amazon's Fire TV boxes and sticks all run Android, but it's not the version of Android that Google certifies for smartphones, tablets, and Android TV devices.
It has been reported that instances of mining virus malware infection are up 4000% this year and blackhats are infecting everything internet capable to increase their fortunes.
So far, Amazon hasn't commented on the threat. But that can be pretty risky, and people who've sideloaded piracy-enabling apps are finding those same apps are letting in some nasty malware that's using their device to mine cryptocurrency. It also says that while it's unknown which specific apps include the malware, it seems that apps created for the objective of watching pirated movies or TV shows are the likely culprit.
It's not just relegated to the Fire TV, either. The problem occurs when sideloading sketchy apps, which can activate the Android Debug Bridge feature. This is Amazon's modified version of Android known as FireOS. According to Shodan, the Internet of Things search engine, over 17,000 Android devices are now at risk, but this number is increasing daily, and in the USA the majority of these devices are identified as "AFTS", "AFTM" or "AFTT" - all Fire TV products.
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As per this thread on XDA Developers, users are seeing a new app called "test" on their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stickdevices. "Vendors have been shipping products with Android Debug Bridge enabled", writes United Kingdom security researcher Kevin Beaumont. "This is highly problematic as it allows anybody - without any password - to remotely access these devices as "root" - the administrator mode - and then silently install software and execute malicious functions", he wrote in a blog post detailing the threat.
The worm appears to be being spread by the ADB.Miner botnet which scans the internet for Android devices with port 5555 open.
Once infected, devices tend to slow down as the malware is claimed to be using 100 percent of processing power to mine cryptocurrency for its owner.
Mining malware is everywhere today as more and more IoT devices move into our houses and workplaces, now there is one variant that can turn a TV into a crypto mining rig.
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