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Android SMS-Stealing Botnet Exploited South Korean's Messages
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msg:4632081
 10:10 am on Dec 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

I still don't understand how it managed to get that far.

An Android botnet found in South Korea that steals text messages may be one of the largest and most advanced mobile malware operations discovered, according to security vendor FireEye.

The botnet, which FireEye called “MisoSMS,” was used in 64 spyware campaigns, stealing text messages from phones in Korea and forwarding them to email accounts accessed by hackers in both China and South Korea.Android SMS-Stealing Botnet Exploited South Korean's Messages [pcworld.com]

 

bill




msg:4632342
 2:23 am on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

I don't know enough about the Korean mobile market to be sure, but I'm going to guess that they aren't primarily using the Google Play store for their Android apps. This app was using the name Google to access administrative features of the phone, so it would have been easily overlooked by average users when granting the app permissions.

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msg:4632536
 8:29 pm on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

That must be a strong case for only downloading from the Play store.

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