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Google refutes Android botnet spam reports

Google has disputed a report by a Microsoft researcher that many Android phones have been infected with a virus that makes them churn out spam, BBC has reported. Last week, Microsoft researcher Terry Zink claimed to have discovered evidence of Android phones being enrolled into a botnet. The search giant's investigation suggested the junk messages originated on PCs, but the spammers sending them formatted them to look like they came 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.