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Microsoft engineer exposes international Android spam botnet

By Leeky
Jul 5, 2012
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  1. An anti-spam engineer working for Microsoft has exposed on his MSDN Cyber Security Blog an international botnet controlling Android devices that is being used to send spam on an industrial scale. Terry Zink found that all of the spam originated……

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  2. Opus

    Opus TS Rookie Posts: 42

    These botnets achieve nothing but the annoyance of users. Probably ignorant users fall into the trap but awareness is on the rise. Take out these annoying botnets.
     
    DragonMasterJay likes this.
  3. More like get rid of side loading.
     
  4. Yeh get rid of side loading... Are you on crack?
     
  5. tranceporter

    tranceporter TS Rookie

    walled garden sounding better all the time
     
  6. God-forbid you got rid of sideloading. How would the Google hoards who can't live without tricking-out their Android cream in their pants? Such rebels.
     
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its easy, dont download anything thats not from Google Play. Everytime someone jailbreaks thier phone or does sideloading there is a risk of infection. I know of several ppl who got a brand new Android phone, decided to jailbreak them and voided all warrenties, including the manufacture warrenty. And ended up getting malware that drained one guys bank account.
    So its a risk you take. Sometimes using a phone like its intended is cheaper on your wallet in the long run.
     
  8. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,286   +49

    Just seems like it happens everyday: new botnet appears. It's one of the security risks that are getting tough to handle.
     
  9. When people keep installing stuff from sources they have no idea of, that tends to happen.

    It's so easy to scan your files with even a free av app before actually installing anything. I've never actually done this myself but people who are "noobs", as most are, really should.
     
  10. Oh yeah, always the obvious conclusion: it's sideloading that's the problem, just remove it! Except that with Android you still have a nice thing called "choice": No one forces you to get anything from outside the store (and, by default, you can't). But if you do find something elsewhere and the source seems trustworthy enough to you, you are free to install it. It will most of the time be a great and useful piece of software, it may sometimes turn out to be malware. That's a risk you just have to take.

    With Apple and Microsoft, you trade freedom for promised security (doesn't this sound familiar somehow?).
     


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