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More Android malware distributed through mobile ad networks

All articles More Android malware distributed through mobile ad networks ————————— Mobile ad networks can provide a loophole to serve malware to Android devices, according to researchers from security firm Palo Alto Networks who have found new Android threats being distributed in this manner. Most mobile developers embed advertising frameworks into their applications in order to generate revenue. Unlike ads displayed inside Web browsers, ads displayed within mobile apps are served by code that’s actually part of those applications. The embedding of code for the advertising network into a mobile application itself ensures that ads get tracked and the developers get paid, but at the same time this third-party code represents a backdoor into the device, said Wade Williamson, senior security analyst at Palo Alto Networks, in a Monday blog post. ”If the mobile ad network turns malicious, then a completely benign application could begin bringing down malicious content to the device,” Williamson said. ”What you have at that point is a ready-made botnet.” To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046549/more-android-malware-distributed-through-mobile-ad-networks.html#tk.rss_all ————————— 2013-08-13 16:25:13 Dark RSS Reader www.darkrss.ch