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Android Rootkit Is Just a Phone Call Away

June 2nd, 2010 06:09 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

alphadogg writes “Hoping to understand what a new generation of mobile malware could resemble, security researchers will demonstrate a malicious ‘rootkit’ program they’ve written for Google’s Android phone next month at the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas. Once it’s installed on the Android phone, the rootkit can be activated via a phone call or SMS message, giving attackers a stealthy and hard-to-detect tool for siphoning data from the phone or misdirecting the user. ‘You call the phone, the phone doesn’t ring, and when the phone realizes that it’s being called by an attacker’s phone number, it sends him back a shell [program],’ said Christian Papathanasiou, a security consultant with Chicago’s Trustwave, the company that did the research.”

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