Jul 23 2009

Chinese firms and “Sexy Space” trojan

Published by at 6:55 am under Chinese Malware

Looks like we are going to have to add a new category to the blog; at least until this damn mobile phone fade is over:

F-Secure’s senior security response manager, Chia Wing Fei, explained that the Trojan would have allowed attackers to simply send a link via text message to a malicious Web site and prompt the mobile recipient to download the worm. Once the malware would be installed, it could send similar text messages to all contacts listed on the phone.

“These messages are sent in your name and from your phone,” Chia said. “It means you will pay for each SMS sent by the worm. A typical cost for a single text message might be 5 cents. If you have 500 contacts in your phone, an infection would cost you ($25).”

Read more on “Sexy Space” trojan.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Chinese firms and “Sexy Space” trojan”

  1. harlson 24 Jul 2009 at 1:52 am

    Seems kind of legit to call B.S. on this. Is cell phone software/hardware that standard?

  2. jumperon 24 Jul 2009 at 10:30 am

    @harls – This malware is for Symbian which is more popular in Europe and Asia than it is in the US. Symbian developers can write one app and have it run on a lot of different mobile devices as long as they run Symbian.

    The interesting thing about the story is that the malware was digitally signed. The Symbian foundation reviewed the application and failed to identify it as malware before it signed the application.

  3. CBRP1R8on 24 Jul 2009 at 2:03 pm

    “The Symbian foundation reviewed the application and failed to identify it as malware before it signed the application.”

    Doh!!!!!

    Sounds like they should be held responsible for the bills then…