Your TV may be mining for bitcoin without your knowledge.
A new crypto-mining virus has been worming its way into Amazon's Fire TVs and Fire Sticks, according to AFTVnews.
The malware, dubbed ADB.miner, attaches itself to devices that run the Android operating system as an app called 'Test' with the package name 'com.google.time.timer.'
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The malware, dubbed ADB.miner, attaches itself to devices that run the Android operating system as an app called 'Test' with the package name 'com.google.time.timer'
A dangerous malware worm is infecting Android-based devices like the Fire TV and Fire Stick.
Users have to have the 'ADB debugging' feature turned on on their device for it to spread.
It spreads through sideloaded apps that are installed via Android APK files.
The malware appears as a 'Test' app.
Once your device is infected, it will slow down significantly and interrupt streaming processes as it tries to mine for virtual currency.
The easiest way to remove the malware is to factory reset your device.
And once it's installed, it starts using your device to mine cryptocurrency.
It's not currently known which apps contain the malware, but it can also spread to other Android-based devices.
Chances are many users' Fire TV and Fire Sticks won't be affected by the malware, as it requires that you have a developer feature turned on.
However, some users turn the feature on so that they can sideload apps onto their Android devices.
Sideloading involves installing third-party apps onto an Android device