[telecom] Researchers Discover Android Mobile Botnet 100k Strong

Researchers Discover Android Mobile Botnet 100k Strong

by Paul Roberts February 10, 2012

A newly discovered malicious application circulating on third party Android markets in China has created a botnet that contains more than

100,000 compromised devices, researchers report.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Symantec say the malware, dubbed RootStrap (NC State) installs a known remote access trojan (RAT) named BMaster (Symantec). It is capable of stealing a wide range of information from infected Android devices running versions earlier than 2.3.3 and 3.0, and may be ginning up illilcit profits with premium SMS and telephony scams, according to the report from NC State and Symantec.


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