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Despite source code leak, Android malware fetches top $5,000 price

Jeremy Kirk | May 21, 2014
Despite a leak of its source code, an Android program aimed at compromising online bank accounts is still commanding US$5,000 per copy, one of the highest prices seen for a type of malware, according to research from Symantec.

Trying to halt analysts and security professionals "has been a standard among PC malware developers for quite a while but is far from standard practice in the mobile malware field," RSA wrote.

"The iBanking malware shows that mobile malware developers are becoming aware of the necessity to protect their bots against analysis and indicates a possible new trend in this new and evolving mobile malware space," the company wrote.


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