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The most well known mobile viruses

July 3 2007
19:14

Malicious programs have appeared quite a long time, and mankind has developed the numerous systems of protection against viruses, trojans and other malware. Alas, all existing solutions are applicable only in the computer industry. Cell phones, smart phones, communicators and PDAs nearly vulnerable to the virus threat.

At present there are 2 main types of ways of getting virus in the phone. The first - add yourself by installing a Trojan horse with the program, the second - when the virus is sent with the message or with a call to the phone ...

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History of the development of mobile viruses began in June 2000. That's when the Spanish came a sort virusoobraznoy programs for mobile devices. The virus sent out SMS-message to phones the local operator. These messages contain only one line in Spanish: «Telefonica you inflate!"

In August of that year, the first virus appeared in Japan. He raised several thousand mobile, equipped with service «i-mode» (fast internet access). At a time when there is another online-voting, when replying to a question, the handset supports wap started calling the local phone police. Thus began the era of mobile viruses ...

Most Popular:

Cabir. It was created for reproduction on devices running on Symbian OS in June 2004. Spreads through Bluetooth-connection. After entering the smartphone virus begins to scan the air in order to find new victims. In addition to the banal self-reproduction is no danger for smartphones Cabir does not carry.

CommWarrior. This virus is able to attack machines running Symbian Series 60. Upon infection, offers to install itself, masquerading as some program. Spreads through Bluetooth or MMS. Comwarrior, unlike Cabir, tends to infect multiple mobile devices are within the reach of Bluetooth. He also sends a copy of all the phonebook contacts via MMS.

Duts. Firstborn among viruses for smartphones built on the platform Windows Mobile. The virus can get into the device on any channels of communication with the outside world: e-mail, the internet, with PC synchronization, removable memory cards, etc. After breaking into a system Duts displays the following text: «Dear User, am I allowed to spread?» (Dear user, you will allow me to reproduce?). Those who answered "yes" to this query, you installed a virus on your mobile phone. Any payload the virus does not carry.

Lasco. Affects mobile phones running Symbian Series 60. Spreads in two ways: through Bluetooth and through executable files. The main effect of Lasco - self-reproduction. It is very difficult to deduce, since it copies itself to all folders.

Mabir. In fact it is just slightly modified version of the worm Cabir, which may be distributed in the MMS-messages. The worm sends itself not to all numbers in the phone book, but only in response to an incoming SMS-or MMS-message.

Dampig. Distributed masquerading as "crack" FSCaller applications for Symbian.In case of contact on the phone blocks certain system applications and modules file manager, and also infects the device several options worm Cabir.

Doomboot. Trojan disguised as a file containing a hacked version of the game Doom 2 for smartphones running Symbian. On a mobile device can enter only if the user downloads it from scratch. Once launched, writes to the phone memory corrupted system files and installs another virus - Commwarrior.

Drever. When infection starts to send the company F-Secure posts to read: FSecure must die! Please do not make new antiviruses against my viruses, and then I will stop writing viruses against your anti-virus, my goal - is Simworks ».

Fontal. Designed as a virus for smartphones on Symbian Series 60 platform. A worm posing as a licensed program installed on your phone damaged file. The virus disables the operation manager of programs and makes it impossible to remove it. He also establishes a system corrupted font file, causing the device comes in a completely inoperable.

Gavno. The program has Russian roots and has a very real harmful qualities. It weighs just 2 KB and is the smallest and destructive trojan for Symbian smartphones. File extension SIS masquerades as a new firmware to the operating system. Upon infection, disable all the processes responsible for the functionality of the device as a phone. After initialization is sent to all devices within range of Bluetooth.

Locknut. Spreads by disguising a patch to update the system component. Once launched, the virus destroys the system component, so that no application can be launched.

Skulls. Trojan disguised as a utility advanced management interface themes. After you run virus software programs will automatically be replaced by images of skulls, and the use of basic functions such as browsing the Internet, sending and reading messages, e-mail - becomes impossible.

Onehop. Masquerades as a hacked commercial software. Once the user uploads the file to your smartphone, starts a destructive program Onehop. It actually neutralizes the activity of the device - at any keystrokes to the phone reboots. Also, a modification of this Trojan changes some icons in the menu on the "hearts".

Blankfont. The virus that distorts, and sometimes removes all of the fonts that exist on the phone, and accordingly all readable information, including all user interface text, but despite this, the phone remains fully operational.

Redbrowser. Attacks phones supporting Java. Redbrowser first appears as a text message with an attached file, claiming that this is a new browser that can view wap-sites are not connected.

In reality, the Trojan sends text messages to different phone numbers cost from 3 to $ 6 per message.

The Da Vinci Code. It spreads via Bluetooth, and after infection with the virus destroys all the data in your phone and on-screen cell phone at this time a picture of your eyes and cross.

Already, people find it very difficult to use cellphones without a special anti-virus software and personal protection against hackers. The most popular anti-virus software: F-Secure, McAfee, «Kaspersky Lab.Well, the surest way to prevent viruses: Using the most primitive cellular handsets without Bluetooth, MMS and operating systems.

Alex Vitvitskiy

PanZicov

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