The now-shuttered XvBMC and Bubbles third-party add-on repositories, along with the still operating Gaia, have been hosting more than just software products, as researchers have discovered these sites have been abused to propagate a cryptomining campaign centered on the popular open-source media player Kodi.

ESET researchers have reported that the three add-on repositories, two of which were forced to shut down over copyright infringement issues, had been housing third party Kodi add-ons containing mining malware. Kodi add-ons have caught some flak in the past for allowing users to access pirated content and have in one other case been used to spread malware -- in that case, a DDoS module.

Rod Soto, director of security research at JASK, described the campaign as a great example of cybercriminals' creativity.

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