Android may not play a role in malware botnet after all

July 6, 2012
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There has been a lot of talk this week about Android possibly being the source of a bunch of spam thanks to an Android malware botnet. The finger was pointed at Android by both Sophos and Microsoft earlier in the week after e-mail header information pointed a finger at Google's Android operating system. However, both Sophos and Microsoft have said that Android being involved in the botnet isn't confirmed.

Microsoft isn't letting Android completely off the hook, one of its engineers named Terry Zink has written that it is plausible that a bot on a compromised computer could have inserted a message ID pointing at Yahoo Mail for Android rather than the e-mails actually coming from an Android device. However, Zink also notes that it is quite possible that Android malware is the source of the spam with the significantly increased occurrence of Android malware we've been seeing.

Sophos' Chester Wisniewski also noted that he is rechecking the company's findings to see if it's possible that a fake signature could have erroneously pointed a finger at Android. Google for its part continues to say that its own evidence gathering does not support the Android botnet claim. A company spokesperson for Google says that so far its analysis suggests spammers are using infected computers with faked mobile signatures. Investigations into the botnet continue.

[via SlashGear]


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  • Prince

    Someone needs to do something about “tapjoy”! This crap installs itself to my phone, and then contiguously installs videos to my phone silently. I have went to their website to be taken off of their list and one week later the crap starts again!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Waynehead69 Wayne

    I have 2 questions.
    1. How much is Microsoft paying Sophos to back them?
    2. How many Windows phones have been activated? (LMFAO!)
    Also tell Ballmer and the rest of the bums in Redmond to get a life!

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    Didnt Google prove a while back the Android phones cant be taken over by malware unless they are rooted. Trust me, those who root are smart enough not to get a virus on their phones. So its not Android’s fault and MS is lying.

  • http://twitter.com/HackDefendr HackDefendr

    The very definition of Irony is Microsoft pointing the finger at another company’s problems with Malware. M$ should look in the mirror once and awhile and accept that Malware probably would not even exist if it wasn’t for Windows.