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Saturday
Mar052011

Android, the bot network playing field?

Google's app store recently pulled more then 50 app for containing malware. So far Google has forcibly uninstalled any of the apps from Android devices, but they do have capability to do so. The following question remains, is the mobile Android operating system the new battle ground for bot network attacks? Bear in mind that each and every Android phone has it's own public IP Address. This means that if a phone has been comprised by malicious software (yes, apps are software) it could and most likely will be used as a platform for attacking other computer or network systems. While Google's main goal with the Android operating system is to generate more advertising revenue, it needs to keep in mind the ramifications of not maintaining a secure platform. This means not only pulling known malicious software from the app store, but also removing it from the install base on the mobile devices.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12633923
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9212598/Google_yanks_over_50_infected_apps_from_Android_Market?taxonomyId=17
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/android-malware/