'Zombie' virus infects over a million Chinese cell phones

By Matthew · 19 replies
Nov 12, 2010
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  1. 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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  2. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    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?
  3. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    thats it, im tired of all this damm nonsense, im going back to writing letters, who's with me?!
  4. @UT66

    I'm working on my reply to you. What's your address? :)
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Really? Did they have to pick such a long winded name?
  6. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Aww cmon man. It just rolls off your tongue.
  7. DSparil

    DSparil TS Rookie Posts: 35

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

    This virus helps business. Telecom = Business.
  8. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    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.
  9. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    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.
  10. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

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

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    Great... I guess norton and all of those softwares need to extend out to cell phones...
  13. fritz123

    fritz123 TS Rookie Posts: 56

    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
  14. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Yup! This will bring preloaded bloat on phones to a whole new level XD
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    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.
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,097

    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.
  17. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    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.
  18. 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...
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382   +168

    It probably sounds a lot better in Chinese.
  20. bam13

    bam13 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    That´s a revenge for all those fake phones made in there... :D

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