What happens to users and their phones in the event of a mobile malware epidemic or a terrorist attack? Researchers at a California-based lab are hoping to answer those very questions using simulations.
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California have developed a virtual Android-based network that can be used to simulate what could happen in the event of an attack on the devices.
The network, dubbed MegaDroid, consists of 300,000 virtual Android devices that receive spoofed GPS coordinates to simulate human movement throughout a town. Researchers have also combined the virtual network with Google Street View, so that they can watch, in real time, the virtual devices wandering around.