Kodi and connect them with their media server to get the most out of their device.
But beware: It has been discovered that those altered sticks are vulnerable to a mean Android cryptocurrency mining worm.
The malware – a variant of the ADB.Miner worm which was discovered earlier this year in March – installs itself as an app called “Test” and starts mining away for Monero immediately. People on the XDA Developers forum began noticing it because of a white notification window that kept popping up.
Other signs that cryptocurrency is being mined on a device is that it becomes slow as well as unreactive and movies stutter or stop while being played back.
In order to get all the “cool apps” like Kodi on an Amazon device one normally has to allow ADB debugging and/or apps from unknown sources – both practices that make the device more vulnerable. This is also what enables ADB.Miner to spread: The botnet scans for the port that opens up when enabling the above options and well, makes itself at home once it finds a suitable Amazon TV device.
In essence, it is really easy: Don’t install apps on your device that are not downloaded from the official Amazon App Store.
If you already have done so you can take a couple of easy steps in order to not get infected.
That’s it! This should make sure that the app cannot install itself on your device anymore.