Android Botnet or Spoof?Written by Sue Walsh on July 9, 2012
A new spam campaign whose messages have the tagline “Sent from Yahoo Email on
Android” has led some security researchers to believe there is a new Android-based botnet out there. Others disagree, saying the spam is a result of users downloading malware-ridden apps from the Google Play store. Still others say it’s simply traditional spammers exploiting Yahoo’s buggy Android email app. Who’s right? That remains to be seen.
Another theory is that a traditional botnet is adding the tag line to fool people into thinking it’s coming from an Android device. While some may ask why a spammer would want to do so, it does make sense in a way. What if the goal of the campaign isn’t spamming, but sabotage? It’s no secret that Apple is viciously apposed to all things Android and has been fighting tooth and nail to annihilate it. Just recently they forced both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus off the market through a nasty court battle (the court promptly lifted the injunction on the Nexus a few days later) but lost similar lawsuits against HTC and Motorola.
Could it be even remotely possible that Apple is behind this odd spam campaign in an effort to make Android users believe the OS is dangerously insecure? Apple of course has long prided itself on being the only virus free OS. Something to think about, yes? Leave a comment and let us know what you think about this odd new spam campaign.