Discovered the first Mobile SMS Spam Botnet

Posted: December 26, 2012 in IT Security News, Security Notices
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Android HackedExperts specializing in anti-spam company Cloudmark announced the discovery of the first ever botnet, which consists of more than 800 Android-smartphones.

Infected devices used to send thousands of short messages containing spam. The age-old curse of personal computers and caught up with modern smartphones.

According to available data Cloudmark, identified botnet consists of ‘smart zombie’ who were infected when they replied to a spam email with a proposal to install free version of the popular mobile game, especially Need for Speed ​​Most Wanted. Together with a desired toy, downloaded from a server located in Hong Kong, users also get a virus that turns them into smartphones spambots.

A malicious program that icon which, of course, nowhere in the operating system does not display automatically sends spam to all phone numbers from the contact list of infected devices.

In Cloudmark noted that hackers still difficult to infect modern mobile gadgets than conventional computers, since all manufacturers of smartphones and tablets, as well as developers of mobile software “learning from the mistakes of the computer age.” For this reason, experts said the company discovered a mobile botnet consists of 800 devices. As you know, the Android OS prevent unlimited downloads of applications, if the user downloads from the store they are not Google Play. In addition, Android is also trying to give the user as much information about the program that is going to download. Another thing is that the messages of many users are accustomed to ignore.

Lovers as free ‘Need for Speed’, obviously be charged for thousands SMS, smartphones are sent out without your knowledge.

Link: http://blog.cloudmark.com/2012/12/16/android-trojan-used-to-create-simple-sms-spam-botnet/

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