Feeds

Warez site riddled with mobile malware

Crack, crack your smartphone's dead

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

A search of sites hosting cracked versions of apps for Symbian phones has unearthed 52 "previously unidentified Trojans", according to New Zealand-based mobile anti-virus specialist Simworks. Other anti-virus experts reckon that the infected files found by Simworks are more properly described as repackaged versions of previously identified malware.

The malicious files found by Simworks pose as popular applications and games such Bitstorm, BugMe! Cosmic Fighter, 3D Motoracer, and Splash ID. In addition to the installation files for the app itself, the files include various versions of previously known malware such as Cabir and Locknut. There are no reports of any of the “new Trojans” in the wild.

Simworks chief exec Aaron Davidson said, "It would be easy for a malware author to create one Trojan and give it 52 different names. However this is not the case here where we have 52 separately cracked and infected applications. Somebody has gone to an awful lot of time and effort to turn these out."

Mikko Hyppönen, director of anti-virus research at F-Secure, said it was likely that a virus author used an automated script to install malicious code in a collection of cracked applications. "We've looked hard on P2P networks and warez sites but have been unable to find the malicious code samples Simworks describes. These files are not easy to come by so the risk posed is quite low," he said.

Hyppönen said Simworks' warning covers 52 new repackaged apps which when run will install Trojans rather than previously unseen Trojans.

Simworks said the malicious files it found target smart phones running Symbian OS Version 6.1 or above such as the Nokia 3650, 6600 and 6630. None affect UIQ-based smartphones such as the SonyEriccson P900 or the Motorola A925. Simworks advises users not to download applications from unknown sources or warez sites. ®

Related stories

Mobile botnet threat downplayed
Mobile Trojan kills smart phones
How shall I own your mobile phone today?

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer
900 social insurance numbers nicked, says revenue watchman
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you
Mass patch for issues across its software catalog
Reddit users discover iOS malware threat
'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs
Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes
Big Red's cloud is safe and Oracle Linux 6 has been patched, but Java has some issues
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.