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A Popular Third-Party Kodi Service is Now a Potential Security Risk for Users

Watching TV, Watching, Living Room, Domestic Life, SmilingDid you use TVAddons to add third-party Kodi add-ons to your streaming player? You may be in danger of a serious security issue.

TVAddons.ag was a website that helped people install third-party Kodi add-ons. Recently it was sued by Dish, the parent company of Sling TV. Shortly after the lawsuit was announced TVAddons went dark.

Now there has been some changes in the ownership of TVAddons.ag because it recently switched over to a Canadian law firm that has refused to answer any requests for comment as to why it now owns the domain names or what it plans to do with them.

Nathan Betzen, a project manager with Team Kodi, the developers behind the popular media center software, is opening up about what this could mean for users of TVAddons in an interview with Torrent Freak.

“If some malware author wanted, he could easily install a watcher that reports back the user’s IP address and everything they were doing in Kodi. If the law firm is actually an anti-piracy group, that seems like the likeliest thing I can think of,” he adds.

“If it’s just a holding group, then people [in control of the domain/repo] could do whatever they can think of. Want a few million incredibly inefficient bit mining boxes?” Betzen speculates.

Even if this law firm has no plans to abuse its power, it is possible that it is just holding the domain as part of a sale. If the domains ever get sold the new owner could do anything it wants to with them.

There is some history here of third-party add-ons being used in ways the end user didn’t know about. Earlier in 2017 a popular third-party add-on turned users into a botnet to DDoS a website in an effort to take it down.

For now users of TVAddons are left wondering and waiting to see what happens next.

For the full interview with Nathan Betzen visit 

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6 Responses to A Popular Third-Party Kodi Service is Now a Potential Security Risk for Users

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    RookieCordCutter July 24, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Turn off the auto-update setting on the add-ons you’ve installed from TvAddons and you’ll be fine.

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      Iphart July 24, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      No, not really.

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    Pebo Bryson July 24, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Or just don’t use TVAddons.. Many more repos available.

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    don July 24, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Everyone using kodi these days should be using a vpn. You can never trust the government when it comes to things we want and like. If we like it, they will make sure its hard for us to have it.

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    Bob Geiger July 24, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Potential security risk, it always has been so. Peer to peer, you trust your peers that all they are sharing is thier collections.

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    Wicked1 July 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    You hear Tvaddons got sued, you un install the wizard, and the repository. Duh.