Over One Million Hit By Mobile Phone Malware

Friday, November 12, 2010

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More than one million Chinese cell phone users have had their SIM card information sent to hackers, who then used the information to distribute spam to the infected user's phone book contacts.

The malware is self-spreading, as recipients of the spam messages inadvertently embed the virus in their own cell phones by clicking on the links contained in the message.

This type of attack is particularly insidious, as victims are under the impression the messages are from trusted contacts, and many are unaware of the infection until they notice the dramatic increase in their usage charges.

The virus itself resides within an antivirus application meant to protect users from malicious crimeware, and is reported to have cumulatively run up charges in the neighborhood of US$300,000 per day over the duration of the infections.

Of concern is the fact that even if the malware can be neutralized, a great deal of private data and contact information has already been compromised, and now is in the hands of the unidentified perpetrators.

The growing popularity of free applications for smart-phones is likely to become a major factor in the spread of such attacks, as users have literally thousands of sanctioned and unsanctioned options to choose from.

Users should always be cautious when opening messages containing links and images, even when the sender is considered a friend or colleague.

Source:  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/45813/

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