Android devices ensnared in DDoS botnet

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Netlab, the networking security division of Chinese security firm Qihoo 360, said it discovered this week a new fledgling malware operation that is currently infecting Android devices for the purpose of assembling a DDoS botnet.

Named Matryosh, the botnet is going after Android devices where vendors have left a diagnostics and debugging interface known as Android Debug Bridge enabled and exposed on the internet.

Active on port 5555, this interface has been a known source of problems for Android devices for years, and not only for smartphones but also smart TVs, set-top boxes, and other smart devices running the Android OS.

According to a report published this week, Netlab said Matryosh is the latest in this long line of ADB-targeting botnets, but one that comes with its own twist.
This uniqueness comes from using the Tor network to hide its command and control servers and the use of a multi-layered process for obtaining the address of this server —hence the botnet's name, inspired from the classic matryoshka Russian dolls. [...]
 
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