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Researchers Create Virtual Android Network to Simulate Attacks

The ubiquity of smartphones all over the world and the level of technology and inter connectivity have left me wondering how no one has launched a successful massive scale attack on such devices yet. Fortunately for us common folks, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California believe in an ounce of prevention being worth more than a pound of cure and have already developed a virtual Android-based network built for simulating such attacks, among other things.

Building a Network on Where to Simulate Threat

Megadroid, the Android-based network that is built to support up to a million virtual devices, simulates the basic features of Android phones such as GPS sensor, camera and accelerometer. In order to simulate Android phones as carried by people in different places, mobile inputs such as fake GPS radio positions which work in conjunction with the camera for livefeeds and accelerometer for movements are fed into the network’s virtual street maps. From here on, Sandia researchers can simulate different scenarios that can affect a network of Android phones and then track widescale hacking attacks, natural disasters and even simple software bugs. This type of research will be valuable for preventing natural disasters from escalating, real time managing of software by mobile application developers and especially controlling network terrorism which is of grave importance given how existing Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections can quickly spread malicious code.

It Might Need To Get the Help of the Public

While the Megadroid project is still an ongoing effort, Sandia aims for a public release where people can contribute and refine the technology. One would think creating a network of hundreds of virtual Android phones will be an expensive venture however; Megadroid itself is built from a cluster of commodity PCs which are low cost but powerful hardware. Sandia has also stated that smaller set ups should be able to support Megadroid, even mentioning that several desktops should be capable of running a network. Small startups who usually cannot afford this technology and large businesses that usually don’t even bother, can utilize the technology to understand how their apps might work in networks and improve their security. For the bigger organizations that plan to manage a huge number of virtual machines, they have the option to hire Sandia Laboratories and benefit from their long history of doing capacity type clusters, large scale simulations of all sorts all through an experienced human and capable machine resource.

Serves another Purpose

Aside from being useful for applications development and staving off network attacks, another thing we’re looking into getting done in Megadroid is inbound marketing in Phoenix for mobile devices. Sales of Android and iOS mobile devices have caused the proliferation of mobile application softwares and are still pushing the technology through network apps that are still currently being developed in droves. While inbound marketing has been proven to have swayed the market through desktop internet browsers, it hasn’t been optimized for mobile use. Once Megadroid goes public, it’s only a matter of time before inbound marketing is optimized for mobile networks and businesses regardless of size can reach their target audience even while on the go.

Author Bio:- Sunny Popali is SEO Director at http://tempocreative.com. Tempo Creative is an Arizona Inbound Marketing firm that has served over 700 clients since 2001. Tempo’s team specializes in digital and internet marketing services including web design, SEO, social media and strategy.

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