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Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks are getting affected by crypto-mining Android malware

Devices with apps that allow users to watch pirated movies or TV shows are at risk.

  • Published: June 12, 2018 6:28 PM IST
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A recent report suggests that users who have tweaked the developer settings on their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks to load third-party apps on the devices are at risk from a cryptocurrency mining malware. While the report states that the virus isn’t targeted specifically towards Amazon Fire devices, it claims them to be vulnerable because of the Android-based operating system.

The virus was reported by the AFTVnews, which claims the malware to go by the name of ADB.Miner. The malware is said to be installing itself on the two Amazon devices as an app called “Test”, under the package name ‘com.google.time.time.’ Once installed, it activates the cryptocurrency miner, which in turn is slowing down the devices. It is also noted to stop the video playback on the devices, to display a notification saying “Test” alongside an Android icon on the screen.

While the list of apps that carry the malware are still unknown, it’s been noted that they are mostly the ones that let you play pirated movies and TV shows on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. So if you haven’t messed around with the developer settings of your Amazon Fire device, then you’re not going to be affected. However, if you have tweaked the settings, then there is a good chance that your device is at risk.

On the other hand, if you think your device is already affected, then AFTVnews has a few recommendations to fix the problem. The first of course is to try a factory reset. However, if you’re not willing to do that, then you can download an app called the Total Commander from the Amazon app store, which should allow you to uninstall the malware.

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Additionally, the report also suggests you to download an updated version of the malware, which disables the cryptocurrency miner. Although not ideal, this did help some users who weren’t able to get rid of the malware completely.

  • Published Date: June 12, 2018 6:28 PM IST