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Some Kodi add-ons are carrying cryptocurrency mining malware

11 days ago   |   By Tech Radar

If you use Kodi for your streaming needs, then it's time to sit up and pay attention, because a number of add-ons for the media player have apparently been infected by cryptocurrency mining malware that affects Windows and Linux users. This is according to a report spotted by ZDNet from security firm ESET, which points out the discovery of malicious code in add-ons from no less than three Kodi repositories: Bubbles, Gaia and XvBMC. This code fires up the download of another add-on, which takes a snapshot of the host operating system, and subsequently installs a stealthy coin miner. In...
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Kodi add-ons used to distribute currency miners

Kodi add-ons used to distribute currency miners

11 days ago   |   By Beta News

Users of the Kodi media center may already know that the Netherlands-based repository for third-party add-ons, XvBMC, was recently shut down due to copyright violations. Researchers at security company ESET have discovered that the repository was also part of a malicious cryptomining campaign dating back to December 2017. This is the second instance of Kodi being used for cryptojacking this year. "According to our research, the malware we found in the XvMBC repository was first added to the popular third-party add-on repositories Bubbles and Gaia , in December 2017 and January 2018...
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