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20 Year Old Creator of Notorious Android Malware Pleads Guilty

Dendroid Malware

Dendroid, a malware for android, has recently become infamous for it extremely invasive abilities. The developer of the piece of software, Morgan Culbertson, was arrested a bit over a month ago in a massive global effort that put 70 involved members under arrest. This Tuesday, Morgan plead guilty in court to charges related to Dendroid and will hence face the federal penalties for the creation of the software.

Dendroid Malware

For those unfamiliar with Dendroid, it was developed for the purpose of stealing a wide array of information from infected users. The malware enabled attackers to take photos using the smartphone’s camera, record audio, video and even phone calls. To our knowledge at least one application made its way to the Play Store with the malicious code but was quickly taken down by Google. The code was also distributed via other media online and was being sold by the developer for $300. The source code was up for sale as well allowing others to develop their own versions of the app.Culbertson

 

Morgan, a 20 year old who was a student of Carnegie Mellon University will face a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. His sentencing is scheduled for 2nd December 2015.

 

About Alavi Zaman

Alavi, Executive Editor of Techetron, is your average speckle faced guy with a huge appetite for food and an even greater craving for tech. He is always keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest in the world of technology and is on a constant prowl for the ultimate mobile device. He is a die-hard Android fanboy, converted over from the land of pale dullness that is ios. He loves writing, reading tech blogs, playing basketball and customizing his mobile devices. Connect with me on Google+

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