Meet DrainerBot, the Ad-Fraud Operation That Could Be Stealing Your Mobile Data

Oracle claims it was distributed via hundreds of apps


Oracle has lifted the lid on a major ad-fraud operation that can secretly consume up to 10 gigabytes of data from unwitting mobile users each month, potentially costing them hundreds of dollars per year.

Dubbed “DrainerBot”, the menace is distributed via software embedded in millions of consumer apps that (once downloaded) can surreptitiously download hidden and unseen video ads, costing both advertisers and consumers alike.

“DrainerBot-infected apps can cost users hundreds of dollars in unnecessary data charges while wasting their batteries and slowing their devices,” Eric Roza, svp and general manager of Oracle Data Cloud, said in a statement.

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