Users are advised to used official app stores to download apps and avoid to third party downloading apps. China is one of the biggest countries where users prefer the third party apps store to download the apps on their Android smartphones. Security experts claim that when on the app is downloaded from the official apps stores, the app is malware free.
According to the report, recently, a security researchers team consisting of more than six jointly work on distributed denial of service (DDoS) botnet made up of Android devices. Companies such as Ashpoint, Google, Oracle, Dyn, RiskIQ, Teakamai, CloudFlare, Flam Cymru, and much more are trying to take down WireX botnet that was taken down earlier in this month.
However, WireX is a botnet that is developed for the android devices that give access to a malware and download it easily from the third party apps and as well as from the Google Play Store. These malware then spread over the thousands of the android devices via hundreds of apps. On the downloading of the apps, malware get acces to your android smartphone that create a part to DDoS botnet. Jaime Cochran in his blog post stated as:
“On August 17th, 2017, multiple Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and content providers were subject to significant attacks from a botnet dubbed WireX. The botnet is named for an anagram for one of the delimiter strings in its command and control protocol. The WireX botnet comprises primarily Android devices running malicious applications and is designed to create DDoS traffic. The botnet is sometimes associated with ransom notes to targets.”
While on the other side WireX botnet is working to push massive DDoS attacks to android devices. Initilay, these attacks were for the small online attackers and after couple of weeks WireX botnet is designed for the attacks to thousands of devices that includes the largest websites as well. On this Google says as:
“We identified approximately 300 apps associated with the issue, blocked them from the Play Store, and we’re in the process of removing them from all affected devices. The researchers’ findings, combined with our own analysis, have enabled us to better protect Android users, everywhere.”