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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. (more…)

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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.” (more…)