Microsoft warns of Android botnet virus

Software giant Microsoft is warning that owning an Android machine could get you recruited into a mobile botnet.

Not that Vole has any interest in keeping you off Android, but it feels it should warn you. 

Researcher Terry Zink claims that Android software phones have been hijacked by an illegal botnet and are being used to send out masses of spam email.

Writing in his bog, Zink said that it is the first time he had seen a spammer have control of a botnet that lives on Android devices.

The devices log in to the user’s Yahoo Mail account and send spam.

He worked it all out by looking at the IP addresses used to send the email revealed the spam had originated from Android devices being used in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

The spam is the usual rubbish about getting cheap prescription drugs.

Zink’s comments have been backed up by Graham Cluley from anti-virus outfit Sophos, although he admitted that he could not prove conclusively that it was an Android based botnet.

But he did say that Sophos was seeing a lot of activity from cybercriminals on the Android platform.