First discovered this past weekend, a fast-spreading botnet is infecting thousands of Android devices with malware. It turns these devices into cryptocurrency miners which can be potentially damaging for mobile hardware.
The attack was discovered by Chinese security firm Netlab and has been called “ADB.Miner.” Once a device is infected, it will automatically scan networks for other devices that have port 5555 open. This port is normally closed but Android’s ADB Debugging feature opens it for diagnostics. The botnet has been spreading rapidly due to this worm-like behavior.