Feeds

Symbian malware escapes Russia

Cash from chaos

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Malware profiteers have created a trio of smartphone Trojans that send out premium-rate SMS messages from infected Symbian S60 devices.

The Trojans, all members of the Viver strain, pose as utility programs for Symbian phones and have been uploaded to at least one popular file sharing site, anti-virus firm F-Secure reports.

After infection, the Viver Trojans immediately start sending SMS messages to premium-rate numbers in Russia. The messages are sent with proper international area codes so they are able to reach their destination even from infected devices outside Russia.

For profit-malware, targeting mobile phones is not in itself new. Previous mobile malware strains - such as Wesber-A, Redbrowser, and Java Midlet Trojans - also tried to send messages to Russian premium-rate numbers. But these Trojans first required user acceptance for each message and were only able to send messages from inside Russia.

The Viver family is more advanced because it is not subject to these restrictions. Although it represents an evolution in mobile malware techniques, let's not get carried away. Infections for mobile malware are rare and ordinary Symbian users have little to fear. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.