Cryptomalware Hits Windows & Linux Kodi Users; 4,700+ Users Affected


A large number of people who have been enjoying streaming movies and live TV using Kodi on their Windows and Linux devices have been hit by a Monero cryptomalware, as reported by ZDNet.

A report from ESET, a popular cyber-security company, has revealed that Kodi users who downloaded the add-ons from Bubbles, Gaia and XvBMC repositories have been infected by a malware that is mining cryptocurrency on the victim’s computers.

Kodi is a famous media player center owned by XBMC and is widely used by many people all over the world. Kodi is simply a hardware, and you need to download add-ons from the official repository or third-party repositories to start streaming the content.

The repositories hosting the infected add-ons have been pulled down, mainly, due to copyright infringement issues.

Add-ons affected by the malicious malware contains a code that initiates the download of another Kodi add-on. The second add-on is, then, used for installing a cryptocurrency miner.

According to the data obtained by ESET, the malware is mining Monero, and more than 4,700 victims have been affected as of now generating 62 Monero coins worth approximately $7,000.

Despite the fact that Kodi is available for many platforms such as Raspberry Pi, MacOS, Android, iOS, etc., the cryptomalware has affected Windows and Linux devices only at the moment.

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Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.
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