With Kodi now being used by millions of people worldwide, it may not come as a shock to learn that it has captured the attention of attackers.
Kodi is entirely legal, but many of its greatest fans use it to access premium programming like sports and movies, without purchasing a subscription.
With so many users seeking for this sort of illegal content, it seems this has become a simple way for hackers to install dangerous threats on devices on which the Kodi software is being run.
Kodi Malware Is Being Sold On Dark Web
As per the latest report by Cyberscoop, it appears to be a growing issue with one cyber expert reporting that on the deep web, Kodi enabled malware is on sale.
Kurtis Minder, the CEO of GroupSense, said at this year’s RSA conference that they had found a malware which is specially targeted at Kodi in research.
He added that they began researching on this malware around two months ago and they were trying to find out what the attack print would be for malicious software on the media which would appear on any of the provided Kodi boxes.
There are many markets that they found in the deep web where malware enable media is being sold by people.
How does it work?
The delivery method seems to be two main ways. Firstly, it is the Kodi platform itself which indicates what you load it on could a vector of an attack. The second one is the streaming by itself.
This is a portion of the issue with the environment of Kodi.
So Kodi takes zero liability for the content which the user is streaming. They are just providing people the way to take it.
Dissimilar an iPhone where Apple takes accountability for the applications the user loads, Kodi takes zero accountability for such streaming files.
As per GroupSense, the Kodi malware possesses the ability to take over a few of the segments in the device on which the software is installed.
Even though it is not verified attackers may be able to use this technique to not only snoop on people but also start negative attacks.
How to prevent it?
The original suggestion from GroupSense on how to reduce the perils of this malware is to be vigilant regarding where content is originating from to dodge any chances of being affected by this kind of malware.
The announcement of this new risk comes after people in the United Kingdom were also lately cautioned about the dangers of using players like Kodi.
An anti-piracy group called FACT stated that one-fourth of Residents of Britain had accessed digital content unlawfully, and this comes with “high” dangers.
Hackers and cybercriminals depend on user confusion and absence of knowledge to be victorious. This is why all the organizations which care about shielding users need to play a chief part in delivering them their soundest defense: knowledge concerning online risks so that the users can steer clear.