Android crypto-mining is infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks

Crypto-mining android malware is infecting Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick devices and causing them to go to Borksville.

If you’ve loaded any apps onto your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick that let you watch pirated movies and TV shows, you could be at risk from a cryptocurrency-mining Android virus.
AFTVnews reports that the virus — a malware worm variant dubbed ‘ADB.Miner’, is installing itself on Amazon gadgets as an app called ‘Test’ under the package name ‘com.google.time.time.’ Once it’s infected a device, it eats up resources mining cryptocurrency — devices will become slow, video playback will stop abruptly and a notification saying “Test” with the green Android robot icon will appear randomly on screen.

The virus is not specifically targeting Fire TV devices, but they’re vulnerable because of their Android-based operating system.

The good news is that your Amazon Fire TV device is safe from the threat if you’ve never messed around with its developer settings. However, if you’ve allowed ADB debugging or apps from unknown sources, your device is at risk — switch both to off.

If you suspect you’ve already been infected, AFTVNews recommends that, first of all, you head into your gadgets’ settings and ensure both aforementioned options are set to ‘off’.

The report also recommends that you perform a full factory reset of your Amazon device, but if you can’t bear the thought of starting from scratch, you can also download an app called ‘Total Commander’ from the Amazon app store that will allow you to uninstall the ADB.Miner malware.

Alternatively, you can install a modified version of the malware, which updates the virus to a version that turns off the miner — again, not ideal, but it appears to have fixed the issue for people who weren’t able to remove the malware entirely. This XDA post shows you how, but you should definitely only try this if you’re sure you know what you’re doing.