Mobile Phones Have Become Tasty Morsels for Virus Writers to Snack On
02 Aug 2000
Kaspersky Lab Int., an international anti-virus software development company, reports
the appearance of a new harmful program capable of wreaking havoc transmitting
via mobile phones.
In the past few months, mobile phones and their users have had increasing attention
paid to them by virus writers who have found a new playground in which to let
their "children" play. (see details).
A certain "HSE" has created the program that permits the sending of SMS messages
to handpicked numbers of this or that mobile phone at any moment and in any
amount. He has christened his creation "SMS-Flooder," which seems intent on
bringing the fear of "high waters" to the hearts of mobile phone users everywhere.
The program, written in MS Visual Basic 5.0, utilizes the public "canals" in
mobile phone connections in order to transmit SMS messages: www.free-sms.com,
sms-link.btn.de, www.nm-info.de, www.pcteam.de, www.mobidig.net, www.lycos.de.
Kaspersky Lab specialists classify this program as harmful, but state that
the program itself is not dangerous, because it does not perform any destructive
action and is not capable of "multiplying." The program's "conduct" thus
far has been confined to Germany seemingly because the gateways only
allow SMS messages on the German mobile phone network.
However, it is possible that this program is the first step towards the creation
of a Trojan "horse," capable of attacking mobile phones; because it is possible
a location in the program could do just that.
Details for the detection and neutralization of the harmful SMS-Flooder program
have been added to the latest Kaspersky Anti-Virus daily anti-virus database