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New Android Trojan app exploits previously unknown flaws, researchers say

Lucian Constantin | June 10, 2013
The malware is the most sophisticated Android Trojan program found to date, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said

"Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a looks closer to Windows malware than to other Android Trojans, in terms of its complexity and the number of unpublished vulnerabilities it exploits," Unuchek said.

The new Trojan program is distributed through SMS spam, but is not very widespread at the moment. According to detection statistics from Kaspersky Lab, installation attempts for Obad.a amounted to only 0.15 percent of the total number of malware infection attempts on mobile devices over a three-day period.

That said, Maslennikov believes that other Android malware threats will adopt advanced techniques like the ones used by this malware in the future. "We think that similar techniques are going to be more widespread very soon," he said.

 

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