Faulty code within one of the Yoda addon for Kodi’s scrapers appears to be causing its users devices to unwittingly DDoS attack a pirate site called FreeFMovies.
When the addon is in use, it continuously performs mass DNS lookups against the FreeFMovies.net domain. While we do not believe that this was done on purpose, it does put users in somewhat of an uncomfortable situation.
The silver lining is that the site being “attacked” is a pirate site, so the chance of legal action being taken against the addon developer or its users seems slim. It could however cause network providers to blacklist users IP addresses, which could be identified as potential attackers as a result.
Since Yoda scrapes many sources at once, and has a sizeable number of active users, the strain caused by its normal operation was likely already quite burdensome to webmasters – before this current incident.
Furthermore, unlike regular website visits, zero advertising revenue is generated from Kodi users. The same goes for every other Kodi addon however, much to the dismay of website operators.
We expect Yoda’s developers to push a fix shortly, in the meantime we suggest disabling the FreeFMovies.net scraper from within its settings.