One of the Experts Said His Research May Still Be Correct

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2012-07-08 Print this article Print


In a follow-up blog post, however, Zink wrote that there is still a chance that their research is correct.

€œOn the other hand, the other possibility is that Android malware has become much more prevalent and because of its ubiquity, there is sufficient motivation for spammers to abuse the platform," he wrote. "The reason these messages appear to come from Android devices is because they did come from Android devices€ Zink theorized. €œBefore writing my previous post, I considered both options but selected the latter.€

So what should people believe? Is there a new Android malware bot or not?

It depends, say two IT analysts who talked about the situation.

"Part of the problem that we've got in this environment is that there's so much pressure among security firms and researchers to be the first to report an issue," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with The Enderle Group. "So the claims can be made too quickly, without enough evidence. And if it is misreported, then there are a bunch of researchers with egg on their face."

These kinds of questionable reports don't happen too often, Enderle, said, but in this case, a botnet on Android would be big because there are so many Android devices in use and a security compromise would affect so many users.


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