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Researcher Builds Mock Botnet Of 'Twilight'-Loving Android Users

Jun 22, 2010, 20:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Greenberg)

"A word of caution to any Android users who downloaded an app over the past weekend promising pictures of the next Twilight film: Next time, your obsession with vampires might just turn your phone into a zombie.

"In a talk at the hacker conference SummerCon last Friday, researcher Jon Oberheide gave a demonstration of just how easy it may be to infect large numbers of phones running Google's Android OS with hidden software that turns the devices into a zombie-like "botnet" under the control of a cybercriminal--particularly if that software associates itself with a phenomenon as popular and tween-entrancing as the upcoming Twilight Eclipse film."

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