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Google Android - Vulnerable with SMS Trojan





rjraaz
Is Windows the sole focus of the malicious hackers because it is the most popular operating system of the world, or the most insecure? There may be debates about it; but it is undeniable that other platforms are starting to get a fair share of malware as well.

Just a few days have passed since Google announced that there are 200,000 Android devices getting activated each day. This is remarkable progress in the mobile platform business, no doubt. While Google is rejoicing, Kaspersky lab revealed a report announcing Android is vulnarable to an SMS trojan.

The trojan in question has been identified as "Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a" by Kaspersky lab. The trojan sneaks into the system as the user installs the vector .APK file which pretends to be a media player app and has a bulk of approximately 13KB. The malware then starts its operation by sending out SMSes to premium numbers, cutting holes in the pockets of the device owner.

It is not the first time that Android has fallen victim to malware; there has been news of Android malware since late 2009. SMS malwares are the most widespread form of mobile exploiting.

It seems that Android has started to become popular enough to attract malware authors. Hopefully Google will be able to keep its platform up to date in countering such threats as they emerge.
AftershockVibe
Given the state of software development and the industry as a whole today, any and all sufficiently advanced computing devices are vulnerable to malware. The question is merely one of how widespread it is.

Here's a similar one from 2009 for the iPhone:
http://techfragments.com/news/982/Software/Apple_iPhone_Virus_Spreads_By_SMS_Messages.html
FunDa
Symbain phones (like the ones from Nokia) have had a fair share of viruses for a long time now.


There is one called Skulls, which changes all your menu cons to skulls. And these are the ones I prefer to call as actual SMS/MMS trojans, because they send themselves as MMS messages to the affected phone's contacts list. So, it actually spreads by MMS.


But another way it spreads very successfully is by bluetooth. It automatically activates your phone's bluetooth conenction and scans for nearby bluetooth capable devices.

If it finds a bluetooth phone nearby, it sends itself by bluetooth to the nearby phone. If the receiver is a Symbian phone, it too gets affected by the virus and stars sending bluetooth and MMS messages of itself.
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