Up to a million Android users in China could be part of a large mobile botnet according to research unveiled by Kingsoft Security, a Hong Kong-based security company, this week. Read More ..
The botnet has spread across phones running the Android operating system via Android.Troj.mdk, a Trojan that researchers said exists in upwards of 7,000 applications available in the Google Play marketplace, including the popular Temple Run and Fishing Joy games.
According to reports, the strain of malware was discovered in 2011 but recent analysis has shown the botnet has ramped up infection rates and at this point might have infected one million smartphones.
The botnet opens phones to remote hijacks and unauthorized purchases, according to a report by the BBC today while a separate report on China’s Xinhua News Agency [Translated] which first reported about the botnet earlier this week, claims the malware has caused some phones to randomly open “strange software” that is tricky to remove.