Jan 25 2009

Chinese New Year text messages: “Extreme Danger”

Published by at 11:09 am under Chinese Malware,Hacking for money,Other attacks

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From: 022net.com

Do you send text messages to your friends, colleagues and customers wishing them well or a Happy New Year?  The answer for the majority of people is, definitely.  Recently, I’ve received many text messages, all in regards to wishing me well and Happy New Year.

With the New Year approaching, the cell phone virus has entered a period of “extreme danger,” so remind your friends to be on the lookout for spam text messages.

Fortunately all you have to do with spam text messages is delete them but they are no joke.  A viral outbreak can cause the cell phone to stop working,  data loss, spread junk mail and dial out to other phones.  It can also destroy hardware such as the SIM card and chip.

(In here how to defend against viral text messages, not translated.  Skipped to more interesting portion of the article)

Capital media reports that cell phone user Mr. Zhang received a pornographic text message from an unknown number, after opening the text, his cell phone continuously sent messages to people stored in his contact list.  The text message harmed the reputation of over 700 people.  Victims sent their cell phones to the service center in order to remove the virus, costing over 200 yuan.  A security expert said the virus contained a website address and transmitter virus.   After the virus is installed, there is no immediate abnormal behavior but after 30 minutes the virus links to the net and transmits text messages every 10 seconds.  Sending out text messages at this high rate can run up user fees.  It is possible the virus is also able to subscribe users to certain unwanted services, driving up charges.

According to China Mobile, the company blocked over 4 billion pieces of junk mail in the first half of 2008.

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