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Android botnet turns infected handsets into SMS spam generators

By Shawn Knight
Dec 20, 2012
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  1. A new Trojan called SpamSolider that infects Android devices is to blame for an increasing number of spam text messages in the US. The malicious software is bundled alongside free versions of popular mobile games like Angry Birds Space and...

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  2. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    Gawd, I've gotten a few of these lately. "Katie said you need to look at these [link]"

    Spam bots programmers should be hanged high.
     
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,721   +63

    I got one the other day. Hopefully avast will keep this none sense off my phone.
     
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Maniac Posts: 1,006   +103

    Researchers believe the person(s) behind the Tronajn...?
     
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,685   +333

    ^ heh, I pointed that out to Shawn in a PM about an hour after this article went live. Guess he didn't read it.
     
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    I remember a recent report telling 1/3rd of apps in android market being 'suspects/malware', and another that Google's malware protection is crappy at best. Hence, I guess, it is better stay with reputable/known sources for apps and avoid 'freeware' as far as possible. TBH I never believe 'freeware' is really free, there is always some catch here or there (with or without justification).
     
  7. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    If you do not pay for a service than it is you that is being sold...
     
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,721   +63

    I use free avast(phone and computer), free malware bytes and free ccleaner. They have never given me any trouble. I have free gps on my phone, free google sky map and a matter of fact I have never paid for a app on my phone and have never had my phone give me problems. I had some random person's phone text me a spam once, but that's it. I get all my free apps, though not many, from the play store on my android phone. As the article mentions those apps were downloaded from a spammed web link.... I bet its pretty seldom anyone gets a malicious treat bundled in with their free app when they go through the proper channels, like androids play store.

    Happy Fireball Friday! Gonna party like its 1999 duh nuh nuh nuh nuh. (dec 31 y2k oh my!)
     


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