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Economical Spam Texting Facilitated By New Android Malware

Hackers have always found Android to be a very easy and convenient target, considering the open source nature of its code. It is not surprising that there are a number of malware infested apps, with a wide range of capabilities, available for Android. The simple stop cookies/tracking online option will not work if you have to escape the clutches of these advanced malware. Recently, an online security company Cloudmark, discovered that hackers are using a new type of malware for spam texting. This malware was not only convenient to use and allowed the hackers a greater degree of control, but also proved to be a more economical option to the miscreants. This article will take you through the details of that malware and its effects.

Economical Spam Texting

New Android Malware


Malware Used Botnet Agent Called Spam Solider

Botnets are a very popular form of malicious software with the hackers, who have introduced it to the Android world too. The new Botnet agent that has been discovered by Cloudmark has been dubbed as Botnet Solider. This botnet can be introduced into an Android device through a malware and the botnet allows the hacker to control the device. Using the SMS services on the hacked device, the hacker can send spam texts conveniently. This marks a new methodology of hacking Android devices.

Economical Angle of this Attack

According to the online security company, one of the reasons why this type of attack methodology was chosen by the hackers was because it gave them economic freedom. By using the text messaging services on a hacked device, they got text services free of cost. So, they can send as many texts as they want, which were essentially spam texts. So, the hackers don’t have to pay a dime for SMS services and that gives them more freedom to use text messaging services. So what was a limited line of attack, owing to the text message charge constraint, is being transformed into an unlimited line of attack with the use of Spam Solider.

This Attack is relatively Unsophisticated but Future Attacks Might be more Complex

According to security experts in Cloudmark, this attack line is unsophisticated when you compare it with the PC botnet attacks. But what this does is show us how hackers are prepared to think out of the box and evolve their threats to suit their needs. Initially, Android malware and botnet attack proved to be easy to diagnose and take down. But somewhere down the line, we might have to face a line of attack that is not only highly sophisticated but also very hard to combat. This poses a very challenging and fairly worrisome situation to both users and online security service vendors.

How is Spam Solider Distributed?

Interestingly, Spam Solider is not spread to devices using spam or malicious links. They are embedded in seemingly harmless free applications like Angry Birds or Need for Speed. The problem here is that when the user installs these apps, they provide access permissions to these apps. In turn, access permission is granted to the malicious software.

After installation, the user will have no inkling of the botnet being present on their devices. Another factor that is working in the favor of the hackers is that text messaging is slowly on the decline. With social networking and instant messaging ruling the roost, users hardly use the text messaging services. So, the service is free to be exploited by these botnets controlled by the hackers.

At this point of time, the only possible solution to this issue is that you must be careful while installing free apps on your Android devices. Only choose apps from reputed developers and ensure that they are malware free using security software.

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