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Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks getting infected by malware

13 June 2018 3

No device is safe from malware, especially when it is exposed to pirated content. It appears that the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is at the risk of being infected by all sorts of malware. However, this isn’t owing to any vulnerability or security flaw in the device itself but rather one which is being introduced by users. The world of piracy opens up a can of worms for the Fire TV Stick as your device could potentially be attacked by cryptocurrency-mining Android viruses when you load apps which allow you to watch pirated content.

The infection is through a worm known as “ADB.miner” which installs and cloaks itself under the name of an app called “Test”. The package name for it is "com.google.time.timer". Needless to say, once your device is infected it will start to slow down as the virus uses resources like CPU, GPU and RAM power. A common indication If your device is infected is that during video playback, your device may hang with a notification saying “Test”. The safest way to ensure that your device is secure is to not allow ADB debugging or installation of apps from unknown sources. If you do encounter this virus, here’s what you can do to fix it.

The first and quickest way to get it sorted is to do a factory reset. Well, do bear in mind that this will erase all apps and personal settings. Another way is by downloading and installing Total Commander from the Amazon app store. You can use this app to uninstall the malware. If your device has been displaying of the symptoms, make sure to resolve it immediately!


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