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Android malware

A complex malware program called “NotCompatible” may have spread to as many as 4.5 million Android smartphones since January 2013. It is the largest such attack to date on smartphones, which to this point have been relatively unharmed by widespread malware.

Thus far it’s unclear exactly what the program is meant to do, but according to end users don’t appear to be the target. Instead it seems that NotCompatible has been used to set up a large scale botnet that hackers then rented to spammers and ticket scalpers wanting to buy large blocks of event tickets.

There are few symptoms of the malware on Android devices, but some users may notice a sudden decrease in battery life as well as a spike in their data consumption rates. Various data security companies have already created software that can detect and remove the malware, adds.

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