Feeds

O2 caught in smartphone virus outbreak

Snazzy Toshiba TG01s infected

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

O2 in Germany has stopped sending out Toshiba TG01 smartphones, which have been inadvertently infected with malware.

Speaking to German-language website, an O2 spokesman said the carrier began selling the TG01 - which boasts a 4.1in, 800 x 480 display - in early July.

It's not known how the virus ended up on the phones - pre-loaded or introduced on the memory card. Details of the virus are also unknown. The TG01 runs Windows Mobile Professional 6.1: and we do not suspect there are not many forms of malware targeting that platform.

The TG01-shipped virus does not appear to have caused any particular harm. But until a more detailed analysis takes place, no one can say what the malware's impact may be.

Toshiba is investigating the matter, and O2 expects to have TG01s back on shop shelves next week. It will replace the TG01s it has already sold with disinfected ones.

Orange began selling the TG01 exclusively in the UK last week. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.