Google disputes botnet claim

Search giant rejects spam claim made by Microsoft researcher
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Following yesterday's claim that Android phones were being used by botnets to send spam, Google have denied there is any truth to the suggestion.

PCR reported yesterday on the claim made by Microsoft researcher Terry Zink that he had found evidence that showed Android devices being used as part of a botnet.

In a statement released today, Google has said that no evidence to support the claim exists.

It has been suggested that the junk messages originated on PCs infected with malware, which are then formatted and sent to appear as if they were from Android smartphones.

"Our analysis suggests that spammers are using infected computers and a fake mobile signature to try to bypass anti-spam mechanisms in the email platform they're using," said Google.

Following the company's response, Mr Zink posted a follow up to his original blog post agreeing that it had not been proven that Android phones had been compromised and that it was "entirely possible" that spammers have faked the messages by formatting them in a similar way to an Android device.

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