Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Android rootkit revealed at defcon18 reports that researchers Nicholas Percoco and Christian Papathanasiou wanted to prove that it's not hard to create rootkits for Android devices. They succeeded with a rootkit that can exploit vulnerabilities to gain access to the phone or mimic real apps to fool users into downloading it.

Rootkits are nasty, mangy, fang-toothed things that get into your system, whether it's a computer or a smartphone, and hide itself from casual (and often intense) examination. Cell phone rootkits have been around for a little while, but as they become more commonly available and more people get smart phones serious effort may go into producing and deploying rootkits to mine this looming mountain of data.