NEWS - December 19, 2012
by Carol~ - 12/19/12 12:22 PM
Android botnet found on all major US carriers sends thousands of spam texts to infect users
A new Android spam botnet has been discovered that uses infected phones to send thousands of SMS messages without the user's permission. While the threat is not (yet) widespread, it has already been spotted on all major US carriers and has the potential to make a big impact at the network level if it isn't dealt with soon.
On December 3, security firm Lookout detected the threat, which it dubbed SpamSoldier, in cooperation with one of its unnamed carrier partners. It spreads through SMS messages (it has not yet been detected on any major app stores) that advertise free versions of popular paid games like Angry Birds Space.
There are a number of different active spam campaigns; here are two:
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