Mining malware has managed to spread to another type of IoT device, seeing as latest findings show that there is now one variant that can access your TV and use it for mining operations.
TV’s – The Latest Victims
It has been reported that there has been a great increase in mining malware infections, being up 4000% this year and that these viruses are installing themselves on all devices that are connected to the internet.
Just yesterday, Apple has re-written their app guidelines to explicitly prohibit developers from hiding malware into the app store, and today it seems that there are viruses capable of taking over televisions through Amazon Fire.
The cryptocurrency-mining virus is called ADB.Miner, and it infects all types of platforms that run Android including Amazon Fire products like Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
It’s easy to detect if a television has been infected because the processing time is much slower because the malware sucks up all the resources, bringing the device to nearly halt. On the screen, there will also appear a green Android along with a notification that reads “TEST”.
The app installed as a “Test” app is called “com.google.time.timer.” and can only get into your system if you’ve downloaded from unofficial sources, and for that, you have to have the Fire TV’s developer option enabled. xda-developers made a post containing a detailed description of the malware’s actions.
Getting rid of this malware infection is pretty easy, you just have to use any one of the procedures enumerated at AFTVnews. The simplest way to get rid of it is to perform a factory reset of the system in which the most inconvenient option, but it will eradicate the virus for sure. Another suggested method for advanced users consists of running the app Total Commander from the Amazon appstore, this will remove the malware but may not all the traces it may leave behind.
Be Careful What You Download
To prevent this type of infection, keep both “ADB debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” set to off in the device menu, although these settings are set to off by default so if they’ve never been changed you should be protected from infection.
Avoiding infection from malware mining has become more and more difficult as Internet-connected devices become an integral part of our day to day lives.