Users should exercise extreme caution when downloading applications from anywhere except the official Google Play store.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 21, 2012
Thousands of Android tablets and smartphones have been infected with malware and turned into a giant spam botnet, it’s been reported today. Researchers have discovered that spam emails are being sent from dozens of tablets and smartphones using Android, all of which have come via Yahoo mail, promoting fake Viagra and other pharmaceutical drugs.
iAndroidtablet.com, the leading online news and updates site for Android tablets, today revealed that the cyberattacks on Android devices are almost certainly being carried out using a new form of malware.
Researchers from the Sophos internet security firm, which first discovered the botnet, have previously unveiled similar Android malware that sends out premium rate text messages without users knowing. However, this botnet malware is believed to be something new, having never been seen before on Android devices.
It’s believed that the malware comes from pirated copies of paid apps for the Android, which have been infected with some kind of Trojan virus, explained iAndroidtablet.com. The spam email is very sophisticated, with many of them featuring animated graphics.
Spam emails from Android tablets have originated from several places in the world, including Argentina, Jordan, Pakistan, Russia and the Ukraine.
It would appear that the malware does not come from apps on the official Google Play app store, but rather from third-party download sites which allow users to get pirate copies of paid applications free of charge.
Dan Lim, editor of iAndroidtablet.com, cautioned users to be very careful when downloading applications from third-party sites, and warned against downloading pirated apps of any kind:
“Users should exercise extreme caution when downloading applications from anywhere except the official Google Play store. We appreciate that many tablet owners are tempted to visit unofficial sites to access paid apps for free, but we would urge them to reconsider doing so.”
“Given the damage that this malware can cause, it simply isn’t worth saving a few dollars on the cost of a download. What’s more, downloading pirated apps of any kind is illegal in many countries.”
Dan added that users need to be especially wary of threats to the Android platform, given an estimated 93% rise in the number of malware incidents over the last 12 months.
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