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        One of 1st-known Android DDoS malware infects phones in 100 countries
        Move over, IoT. Attackers are abusing a new widely used platform to knock out sites.

        Dan Goodin | August 29, 2017

         
        Last year, a series of record-setting attacks hitting sites including KrebsOnSecurity and a French Web host underscored a new threat that had previously gone overlooked: millions of Internet-connected digital video recorders and similar devices that could easily be wrangled into botnets that challenged the resources of even large security services.

        Now, for one of the first times, researchers are reporting a new platform recently used to wage powerful denial-of-service attacks that were distributed among hundreds of thousands of poorly secured devices: Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets. The botnet was made up of some 300 apps available in the official Google Play market. Once installed, they surreptitiously conscripted devices into a malicious network that sent junk traffic to certain websites with the goal of causing them to go offline or become unresponsive.

        With the advent of botnet software with names including Mirai and Bashlight, poorly secured digital video recorders and other so-called Internet of things devices have emerged as key threats to Internet stability. The blight is largely the result of several manufacturing decisions, including having the same default administrative password in each device and, in some cases, featuring remote administrative control that’s turned on by default. By infecting Android apps available in Google Play, DDoS attackers are now exploiting an age-old weakness in another widely used platform.

         
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        So my Nokia S40 OS will be safe 🙂

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