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Windows 7: First case of Android Trojan spreading via mobile botnets discovered


06 Sep 2013   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
First case of Android Trojan spreading via mobile botnets discovered

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Kaspersky describes the malware culprit, Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a, as the "most sophisticated Android Trojan yet." The Russian antivirus company also has said that Obad.a is looking "closer to Windows malware than to other Android Trojans, in terms of its complexity and the number of unpublished vulnerabilities it exploits.

For all the press Android malware gets, you usually have to go out of your way for your device to be infected. Until now.
First case of Android Trojan spreading via mobile botnets discovered | ZDNet

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06 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm not surprised Android is now a malware target- it's popular, it does gaming, and perhaps it's even easier to spread malware because Android is sort of built on being open ended and leans a bit towards making piracy easy what with their open love of emulators and ROM files. And no doubt they rushed it to market with little security setup to make quick cash off gamers who will buy apps and such, as well as devices to play emulators on.
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06 Sep 2013   #3

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Mobile banking is always attractive to people/ it's always a motivator for criminals as well,
Not a great selling point for an Android device,
I suppose all devices are at risk but popular ones are targeted.
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06 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Apple isn't seeing much malware. I know they have some but it's still not a big thing- and the old "too few use Apple and Macs to make it worthwhile" makes no sense given Apple is a large corporation, known for a large userbase for their computers, tablets, phones, etc. I don't know, maybe they just have better system security to begin with? I certainly will not credit MS with doing a great job in that area.
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06 Sep 2013   #5

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

I believe the Apple store is more scrutinized and developing apps is as well,
As a whole all systems are somewhat at risk but the big ones are always targeted more.
Your only as safe as the security you have installed but Google just makes it too darn easy
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09 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Once again, this android malware is blown out of proportion. It is not in the Google play store!
Although some has been discovered in the past, but was pulled immediately as soon as it was found. And that rarely happens. Just like Apple.

The malware they keep talking about is the kind that is not in the official app store:

A user would have to do the following: Go to a website with the infection (Bad app), have the option unknown sources checked under security, be prompted to install it (user would have to tap install) with looking at the permissions the app needs. I mean come on. This is getting ridiculous.
Also jellybean and up prevents any app from sending texts to premium numbers, and also prevents apps from sending more then 30 texts at once or with a time limit that is set. (You can adjust this though)

The only reason all the companies are screaming "malware" is they want stupid users to pay for antivirus software on their phones. Its just more cash for them.

Now Do not take this as I am saying this platform is totally secure. It's not. Nothing is. Even apples own carefully screened app store can get malware. Researches have done it a dozen times so far.

But we need to realize when we our screaming malware, we are blaming the right persons/company, and that fact that its a actual flaw in the OS. You can't fix stupid.
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13 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like the TV adds that show someone taking a picture of their check with their cell phone to deposit it.
In one picture you have given you name, address, phone number and account number. I don't know how one could make it any easier for a thief.
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14 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
You can't fix stupid.
Android is an open platform that does not limit loading apps like Apple or Microsoft mobile IOS' do. With Android, one can load apps from Google Play store, non-android stores, and sideloading without rooting the device; neither Apple nor Microsoft allow apps outside of their respective store.

From the security perspective, both Apple and Microsoft have advantage over Android in protecting the end users by the apps limits imposed on them. In another word, they have been trying to "fix stupid", with more or less success. Generating a nice income for Apple and Microsoft had probably been the primary goal and the security aspect of this business model is just a "side effect".
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14 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Not exactly fixing stupid, more like mitigating it.

I've installed one off site app. on my Nexus 7, and was made fully aware that I was doing so at my own risk. I'd rather that freedom to choose other, valid apps. than be limited to a list that while likely somewhat safer (in terms of malware), doesn't have my best interests in mind like I do.

At least they give you a nice big warning for people that don't know what they're doing, and set it up so that you can't get off site apps by default. It's less of a security issue rather than just a bad choice issue when you're willfully handing over the keys to someone you don't know and who doesn't come with verifiable references.
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14 Sep 2013   #10
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

From the article:
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All of this requires mindless clicking by users to work, but guess what? There are a lot of idiots out there.
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