‘MMS Bomber’ mobile virus for Symbian spreading fast in China

Will malware writers ever run out of business? According to Cellular News, a recent report on Beijing Business News talks about how a recent mobile virus called the “MMS Bomber” has been spreading quite rapidly in China, affecting millions of Chinese mobile phones running Symbian S60 3rd Edition OS.

China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center have been the ones to alert users to this new mobile virus, and have mentioned that it mostly affects Nokia and Samsung mobile phones.

The MMS Bomber virus has been able to spread itself so successfully because it can disguise itself as a harmless application. Once installed, it wastes no time to connect to the Internet (at the expense of the owner of the infected phone, of course), and proceeds to send MMS containing a malicious URL to random mobile phone numbers (which also get charged to the owner of the infected phone).

Fortunately, NetQin Mobile, a mobile security service provider, has already launched a software application capable of scanning for and removing this virus successfully.

Via Cellular News

Author: David Gonzales

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  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net/ stevelitchfield

    Oh don't be silly. It's not a virus and it's not a worm. It's a simple trojan – ANY application can do nasty things to any platform if the user is stupid enough to install it in the first place. The solution is for users to use their brains and not go installing apps from random URLs they receive from unknown senders.