The list of malware affecting the operating system from Google if it adds another. It has been discovered a spam botnet International, identified by a Microsoft engineer, Terry Zink, through the analysis of the tested samples of spam that contain the words “Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android.”
The malware appears to have been able to take control of Yahoo! Mail account and connect the terminals Android in a botnet, this network is then used to send large amounts of e-mail threats from compromised accounts, probably with the aim of converting gain in the large volume of spam.
Thanks to IP addresses which Yahoo! Mail stamps in the header of every mail, Zink was able to trace their origin and traced to a list of countries that are in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia , Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela. The engineer attributes the spread of this malware to bad habits in terms of safety of consumers in these developing countries and bets: “The users of these terminals have downloaded some app malignant to avoid having to pay a legitimate version and this got more than he craved. Either that, or have purchased an app criminal Yahoo Mail. ”
As for Android, this is not the first case of malicious software that attempts to connect to a botnet. It is therefore advisable to install the Google App only play so as to reduce the risks. Hopefully this practice will help to ‘ Android Malware Genome Project in putting a stop to the rapid spread of malware through the Android platform.