Obad Android trojan spreads through mobile botnets, other vectors

Share this article:

Researchers have discovered that the sophisticated Android trojan Obad is being spread via mobile botnets.

According to Roman Unuchek, a Kaspersky researcher who blogged about the threat on Thursday, primarily Russian users have been targeted with spam text messages containing malicious links that install another Android trojan called Opfake. Once the user installs Opfake, the malware command-and-control server instructs the trojan to spam out messages to victims' contacts, which directs them to the trojan Obad.

According to Unuchek, the findings present noteworthy activity: botnets being used to spread multiple types of mobile malware.

To spread the trojans, Obad's operators also redirected users from infected websites to Obad installs and uploaded the malware to dubious app stores designed to look like reputable marketplaces, like Google Play.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Schumer: Feds should do 'top to bottom' probe of online drug marketplaces

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York has called on federal law enforcement officials to stop "copy cat websites."

ShellShock vulnerability exploited in SMTP servers

Researchers at Trend Micro found that attackers were targeting Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers to execute malicious code and an IRC bot.

Hackers grab email addresses of CurrentC pilot participants

Hackers grab email addresses of CurrentC pilot participants

Although the hack didn't breach the mobile payment app itself, consumer confidence may be shaken.