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A newly discovered variation of the 'NotCompatible' virus in the Android operating system is establishing what has been called the most advanced mobile botnet yet created.

The malware has more than one senior system admin losing sleep in the past few days and for good reason.

Internet security researchers at Lookout warns the internet community that the latest version of that Android malware is easily capable of infiltrating the most secure enterprise networks via compromised devices.

The so-called NotCompatible virus uses a peer-to-peer control technique normally associated with only the most advanced Windows PC zombie networks.

This makes the mobile malware both stealthier and harder to take down. The fact that it likes to take down secure enterprise networks makes it more worrisome.

Lookout has observed the botnet being used for activities as diverse as fraudulent ticket purchases, e-mail spam, click fraud on Google AdWords and other advertising sites, and brute forcing thousands of passwords.

Kevin Mahaffey, Lookout's CTO says that access to the botnet has been rented out as a resource to various cybercrooks.

NotCompatible, an Android security threat disguised as a system update, was first detected by Lookout in two years ago.

The latest variant, NotCompatible-C, is the third most sophisticated and potentially most damaging variant to date.

Various generations of NotCompatible has infected hundreds of thousands of mobile devices so far, according to Lookout.

Cybercrooks behind NotCompatible-C have built up their population of infected devices on the back of massive spam campaigns.

Source: Lookout Internet Security.

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