New botnet on Android uses the infected device to spread spam SMS

Posted: December 19, 2012 in IT Security News
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Vulnerability

New botnet on Android

According to researchers from security company Cloudmark, a functional botnet for Android-devices is extremely rare.

According to experts in the information security of the company Cloudmark, they have discovered a new Trojan application that creates a botnet by infecting mobile devices based on Android. In this case, the main feature of the virus is that it uses to spread infected smartphones SMS spam. As noted in the Cloudmark, they first encountered the malicious botnet uses of mobile devices in this way.

In the anti-virus companies have also stressed that the threat is a new challenge to the virus writers operators. This is due to the fact that companies often block the number of its subscribers, if their infected devices spread spam. Moreover, these subscribers are usually not even aware that their smartphone has been compromised.

“I believe that the operators still are working on ways to address the problem, – said Cloudmark chief engineer Andrew Conway, – the threat is fairly new.”

The expert also noted that most of the criminals are spreading malicious application under the guise of legitimate popular games for Android, including ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ and ‘The Need for Speed ​​Most Wanted’. Infected applications are on the web-site tailored to Chinese users.

In addition, according to Conway, sent out to administrators in botnet spam containing malicious links, as well as fraudulent about winning a gift certificate.

Cloudmark report here

 

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