A former intern at security firm FireEye has admitted in federal court that he designed a malicious software tool that allowed attackers to take control of other Android phones so they could spy on their owners. This week, researchers found Dendroid, a custom “Remote Access Toolkit” (RAT) for Android targeting customers from Western countries, and yes, it breached Google Play.
A RAT is a type of malware that is used to remotely control the devices it is installed on.
Morgan C. Culbertson, aka Android, 20, of Pittsburgh, is charged by criminal information with conspiring to send malicious code. He is accused of designing Dendroid, a coded malware intended to remotely access, control, and steal data from Google Android cellphones. The malware was allegedly offered for sale on Darkode. – US Dept. of Justice
Thanks to the quick identification and detection of Dendroid by security companies we don’t anticipate Dendroid becoming a major threat. However, it does represent a step change upwards in the complexity of all-in-one malware tool kits for Android. Culbertson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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