Android Botnet Claims Questioned

By Robert Vamosi | 7/10/12 3:15 AM

Steven Doherty of Symantec is bucking the trend by questioning whether an Android-based botnet has been seen in the wild after spam promoting stocks, finance, and pharmaceuticals was seen by other researchers to have come from a compromised Android-based Yahoo Mail app.

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Crowdsource This! A New Way to Combat SMS Spam

By JDavis | 3/3/11 6:09 AM

New reports point to the overwhelming impact of cell phone spam texts in developing countries – with an estimated 100 million spam messages reaching countries like India and Pakistan. While spam filtering for mobile phones take a similar form to email, it is less effective due to the short nature of texting.

SMSAssassin is the novel software that uses crowdsourcing spam markers to improve SMS filtering. Right now, researchers at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi are asking users to contribute their spam on a special Facebook page. Someday soon, they hope to allow users to share spam keywords with each other on a distributed network via Bluetooth.

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