Released: February 20, 2019
Is your phone always low on battery and chewing through data?
Source: Brian Fung, Washington Post (Paid Registration)
A sneaky piece of advertising software may be responsible for driving up millions of Android users’ mobile data usage and wasting their device’s battery life, according to researchers at the technology company Oracle.
The code, which Oracle said is at the heart of a massive ad fraud operation it’s calling “DrainerBot,” works by quietly downloading gigabytes of video ads to a consumer’s smartphone and then displaying them — invisibly — to users of apps that have been infected by the bot.
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