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Guilty

Author worked at security company

The author of the Dendroid malware creation system has been caught and will be sentenced on December 2nd - he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to his Linked In profile, he spent 4 months at FireEye working on improving Android malware detection tools.

Dendroid wasn't just a regular virus but formed an SDK - a set of tools which allowed other virus authors to develop them. A student of Carnegie Mellon University, the author Morgan Culbertson, 20, provided a system which let authors access the phones camera, downloaded audio and video and could record phone calls.