'Zombie' virus infects over a million Chinese cell phones

Matthew

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According to Shanghai Daily, a "zombie" virus has infected more than 1 million Chinese cell phones, costing users around 2 million yuan or $300,000 in SMS charges per day. Disguising itself as an antivirus application, the malware forwards users' SIM card information to cybercriminals.

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TeamworkGuy2

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It is a new era... of cell phone viruses! I can't imagine how slow cell phones are going to be with Anti-Virus programs preloaded.
I all seriousness, this is going to be a problem now and in the future, and counter measures, like Anti-Virus programs will emerge. Just like it did with PCs.
Does anyone know how the Chinese owners are getting the virus off their phones?
 

UT66

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thats it, im tired of all this damm nonsense, im going back to writing letters, who's with me?!
 

DSparil

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I wouldn't be surprised if the Telecoms themselves were the culprit.

This virus helps business. Telecom = Business.
 

Recipe7

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I have gotten a virus on my cellphone before, it is excruciatingly annoying. Thankfully there is a format button, and a way to save your contacts before you wipe the whole thing. It's not as bad as a virus for a computer, at least.
 

fpsgamerJR62

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I'm still stuck with my Motorola V9 "dumb phone". I'm considering getting one of those new Android phones though. LG is having 50% introductory sale on one of their mid-range phones.
 

uttaradhaka

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The mobile platform is no longer safe. There are trojans roaming around the eco system and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Mobile viruses are more dangerous than PC viruses because not every computer is connected to credit card accounts, but every cell phone is (in some way). So, mobile viruses have the ability to cause more costly damage across the board.

I think that Antivirus companies are going to start an aggressive campaign to sell mobile AV software, and rightly so.
 
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Guest

Chinese cellphones? most likely unknown 'China' cellphone to me... I've seen many fake blackberry & Iphone before
 

fritz123

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hmm seems like viruses has gone mobile too. considering the amount of cellphone users, this is something really bad.. it would be a drag to have to load a antivirus just to use your phone. it would make the device really slow and inefficient. in the near future im expecting virus protection plans coming with the phone packages. ughh. expenses
 

bakape

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fritz123 said:
hmm seems like viruses has gone mobile too. considering the amount of cellphone users, this is something really bad.. it would be a drag to have to load a antivirus just to use your phone. it would make the device really slow and inefficient. in the near future im expecting virus protection plans coming with the phone packages. ughh. expenses
Yup! This will bring preloaded bloat on phones to a whole new level XD
 

treetops

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They need to limit automatic spending from simply clicking.... you should have to enter a password and username every time you make any sort of purchase on a phone.
 

Puiu

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it's not like they didn't expect this to happen. antivirus protection for smartphones is still way too underdeveloped. we need a good antivirus that is small, fast, efficient and doesn't kill the battery.
 

sMILEY4ever

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Recipe7 said:
I have gotten a virus on my cellphone before, it is excruciatingly annoying. Thankfully there is a format button, and a way to save your contacts before you wipe the whole thing. It's not as bad as a virus for a computer, at least.
It's worse than a pc virus. I can reinstall my windows and I won't lose anything important but a cellphone virus would really screw things for me.
 
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There are already several security programs available for mobile phones:

F-Secure (Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile) http://www.f-secure.com/en_EMEA/products/mobile/mobile-security/

ESET: (Symbian and Windows Mobile) http://www.eset.com/home/mobile-antivirus

Kaspersky: (Symbian and Windows Mobile) http://www.kaspersky.com/kaspersky_mobile_security

Hope this helps...