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Tens of thousands of Android smartphones infected with malicious software WireX

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 | Gadgets

In the past, cyber criminals have already massively massaged personal computers to form an illegal botnet and thus attack websites. A new attack was now directed against smartphones with the Android operating system.

          Four technology companies in the US have discovered and undermined a large-scale network of infected Android smartphones. The illegal botnet should run so-called DDoS attacks, where websites are overwhelmed with a huge amount of nonsensical data requests and are thus forced to their knees, the companies said. Google was warned by companies that the malicious software was on Google Play Store. The Android provider then deleted hundreds of affected apps from the Play Store and removed them from the infected devices. The attack was mainly directed against various content delivery networks (CDN). The CDNs are specialized in defending DDoS attacks and provide services to deliver online applications and content especially quickly and reliably.
          
    
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      According to the CDN supplier Akamai from Cambridge (US state of Massachusetts) first clear indications of the "WireX" called Botnet already appeared on 2 August. Smaller attacks, however, remained virtually uninformed. In mid-August, experts from four companies (Akamai, Cloudlare, Flashpoint and RiskIQ) started exchanging information. They had cooperated in the defense of WireX, even though the companies compete on the market. So it was able to recognize the attack pattern, to expose it to Google and ultimately to destroy the botnet. Cybercriminals use DDoS attacks, among other things, in order to blackmail operators of websites and demand of them ransom. DDoS attacks, however, are also used by economic criminals or political activists to silence disobedient persons or organizations or to attack opponents. dpa

          
           

          
          
                
                    
          
            
                

                
        

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