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New Android botnet makes spam-texting more economical

tsamsoniw (1731366) writes | about a year and a half ago

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tsamsoniw writes "A new breed of mobile botnets for Android is making its rounds, spread via SMS messages urging recipients to download supposedly free version of popular games. Installing one of these apps transforms your device into a zombie that grabs phone numbers from a C&C servers to continue spreading the malware via SMS. If you don't have unlimited texting on your phone, you get to foot the bill for all those spammy SMSes, too. Per Cloudmark, "this sort of attack changes the economics of SMS spam, as the spammer no longer has to pay for the messages ... Now that we know it can be done, we can expect to see more complex attacks that are harder to take down.""
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