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Monday, September 12, 2011

#Android #botnet infections on the uptick

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The number of infected Google Android devices actively communicating with command-and-control (C&C) servers has grown significantly in recent months and is expected to continue on that path, according to a report released this week by security firm Damballa.
During the first half of 2011, Damballa's network of sensors observed nearly 40,000 Android devices in North America engaged in live interaction with criminal operators, according to the report, which chronicles botnet activity this year.

“If the bad guys can compromise the Android device and send and receive commands, then they have all the tools necessary to conduct online banking fraud,” Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research at Damballa, told SCMagazineUS.com on Friday. In mid-March, the number of infected devices communicating with attackers hit 20,000, before quickly dropping off, the report stated. The rapid decline in infection rates was likely attributable to Google's use of its “remote kill” functionality to remove a number of malicious applications from affected Android devices.

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