Zombie Android Phones Pumping Out Spam, Researchers Say

By | July 7, 2012

Source: Security News Daily

by Paul Wagenseil

In this article “Android smartphones are powerful little machines.

They can crunch numbers, render complex websites, play high-definition video, run thousands of applications and connect to far-flung networks. Many models have the processor speeds and storage capacities of low-end laptops.

And now there’s one more thing Androidphones can apparently do: Like PCs, they can join botnets to pump out spam emails.

Researchers at Microsoft and at England’s Sophos Labs have independently found evidence that an Android-based botnet, or network of “zombie” machines secretly controlled by criminals without the phone owners’ knowledge, is sending out rogue pharmaceutical spam, promising Viagra and the like.”

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