Porn again - diallers and mobile malware threat increasing

15 January 2010

Bitterwallet - porn on your mobile We all like a little Frankie Vaughn now and again, don't we? You and Vicky Vette sitting in a tree? You love it. Sadly, pornography is the demise of many a weak soul, and it'll soon be the downfall of your mobile, too. Malware and viruses are on the rise, and are becoming increasingly likely to be contracted after viewing a cheeky lady's tuppence or two.

In the olden days, when all this was just fields and we connected to the net through a modem and a phone line, diallers were a common practise - the virus would be contracted from a shady site, disconnect our modem and then place a long distance call to whip up cash for the crooks.

Now they're making a return, with similar types of malware becoming prevalent by bundling themselves up in software and video clips, and using handsets to make calls and send premium rate SMS messages. Seemingly your mobile is the perfect medium for crooks to employ, since unlike your PC the malware doesn't require credit card numbers or other details in order to rob you.

The BBC quotes from two independent companies that provide security software for mobiles, who obviously have a vested interested in the topic. So is mobile malware something you've experienced? If your eyesight is still good enough to still type, let us know in the comments.

[BBC]

TOPICS:   Technology

8 comments

  • SimbaK2K
    "So is mobile malware something you’ve experienced?" No duh, I have an iPhone. Apple approval FTW!
  • Nobby
    I've never seen a lady with two tuppences.
  • Alan C.
    Apple is probably more secure but not infallible: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iPhone-Game-Developer-Private-Numbers,news-5058.html There are lots of legitimate reasons to send text messages inside an application or game and it's simple to obfuscate the intended phone number in code so that the application will send legitimate messages for the first few weeks and then become malicious. Of course at least when you install an application on an Android handset it tells you what permissions it wants and you can say no, J2ME (standard mobile games) normally ask you every time they want to do anything with your phone which is the safest but obviously can become tedious.
  • andy y.
    A big thanks for keeping the image workplace friendly.
  • charitynjw
    If you've had 'contact' with Sadie Shite, you deserve all the viruses you get!!
  • charitynjw
    Ooops, contract...................me eyesight's not that good.............What??
  • charitynjw
    @Nobby - Oh yes they have - you can have a bit on the side, apparently
  • McCreampie
    Good blog ! :)

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