Virus Android Now Has The Ability To Rooting

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There is one operating system because of the frequent target of virus attacks and negative campaign to serve as the operating system with a variety of labels, not safe, many security holes, just for the novice user, and so on. And usually those who accuse it positioned itself as a secure operating system with a variety of arguments, as supported by the community, have a layered defense, programmed to think of security factors and so on.

If we talk in terms of security, in principle, the operating system is man-made and man-made nothing perfect, there is always a weakness and could be attacked. So the real question is not an operating system is safe or not, but whether the operating system is quite interesting to be attacked or not. If there is one operating system market share of more than 70%, very difficult to get people not interested in mengoprek and make malware to attack the operating system. This theory can be proved with the Microsoft Windows operating system that became the main target of the virus in the realm of PC (Personal Computer), but the operating system Windows Mobile from Microsoft which incidentally is also not attractive to malware authors.


If in the realm of smartphones, ruler of the largest market share is the green Android robot that in fact uses the Linux kernel. Performance is very surprising because in a few years to master the world's largest market share smartphone and installed on 200 million devices per November 2011. A very large market share by Android is inviting the criminals who do not want to get a good profit by creating malware. At present, it can be said Android is a smartphone operating system is the most sexy and become the number one target of malware authors.


One of the things that motivated the rise of Android this virus is the financial motivation, more precisely the financial transactions via smartphone or mobile.


Financial transactions using a smartphone actually there are two types, the first is the use of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology which is actually the base RF ID (Radio Frequency Identification), one example is the Google Wallet that uses technology licensed from Paywave that at VISA. In Indonesia, the implementation of RF ID technology is more widely used by banks using chip cards such as BCA or Mandiri Flazz e-card and toll-implementation of the smartphone is still very low.


Perhaps because of the potential scope of the smartphone market is more limited when compared to using a chip card that costs less obvious. Until now the emerging Android virus and trying to get the financial benefit of Android smartphones are more focused on mobile banking and financial transactions rather than RF ID. One possible reason is due to the small nominal NFC transactions in which the maximum balance is $ Flazz BCA card. 1 million, compared to attacking mobile banking bank account, of course, the use of RF ID account is to be less sexy


Having Root Privilege


One of the things that has become a powerful factor for the defense of the Android operating system is a restricted root access so that if the virus infects the system without infecting root would find it difficult to spread or carry out the action. But the bad news coming from China where the current turns out there are two viruses that make exploitation of the Android system that has root privileges. With the rooting ability of these viruses cause can do any thing like that can be done by the operating system. Both viruses are Cage and Gingermaster.


Android virus growth is very fast and surprising. First discovered in November 2010 under the name Geinimi is often referred to as the first Android botnet with limited capabilities, it took less than a year in which the month of June 2011 there was a virus that is able to access the OS root (rooting). For more details, please see the table below regarding the development of virus free.


Sniff Keypad, Keypad Simulation, intercept SMS to SMS forward


Then, after having access to the root which indirectly can be said to have become "super Saiya" because it is capable of doing anything that can be done by the operating system. Surely you are wondering what is done by this malware and how?


Basically, a technique often used by Keystroke Sniff malwareAndroid is working like a Trojan on the computer, keypad simulation where he can send DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) is automatically unnoticed by the owner of the smartphone and the third is the ability mengintersep SMS where it is very dangerous if intercepted SMS is SMS important as Internet Banking PIN or passwords and sensitive data. After the action performed intercept SMS, SMS manipulation of his twin brother will be executed when the infected Android smartphone will be used to send automatic SMS to the number specified by the makers of malware.


Then you ask again, what about the real danger with the above three capabilities for users of smartphones?


First, if at this time to enroll for premium SMS services already provided that the service provider it MUST send SMS content and for the registration of such services can not be done automatically by the content provider but must be done manually by the owners of smartphones by sending a specific SMS to a predetermined number. With a few simple modifications, virus Android smartphone can be used to register the infected in this premium content services without permission / knowledge.


The second scenario is more worrying is the SMS is used as a safety factor in doing internet banking where there is a private bank from the neighbor country which sends the PIN to authorize transactions internet banking SMS account holder. With cooperation between virus Android ciamik charged with stealing PIN transaction authorization phishing website will make internet banking accounts piercing action into reality. Although it is protected by method of TFA (Two Factor Authentication).


Another bad news is supposed to be a PR (Homework) for Telco provider is the ability to falsify the SMS sender. So the malware can easily send SMS to anywhere with fake names sendernya, whether from the telco provider (Indosat, Telkomsel or XL), Bill Gates or Steve Jobs can even be done. Funnily enough, the technique automatically transmit an SMS is not too complicated. Enough to move the SMS to be sent to the "outbox" it will automatically SMS will be sent. And no less funny anymore (maybe to young victims of the virus continues to laugh) if there are SMS saved to the "inbox" then the system will automatically notify any incoming SMS.


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