Another Symbian Series 60 malware makes the rounds on the World Wide Web, making itself available for download from an unnamed FTP site. SYMBOS_VIVER.A poses as an installer for a photo editor, a video codec, or an Internet tool for mobile phones, ensuring its §downloadability”. Once executed and installed on the affected phone, it sends SMS messages to a certain premium number every 15 seconds.
There’s nothing new with this Symbian malware, having the same routine as J2ME_REDBROW.A. However, SYMBOS_VIVER.A takes off where J2ME_REDBROW.A left — successful profit via direct execution of its routine. With J2ME_REDBROW.A, users must agree to send a message. In SYMBOS_VIVER.A, automatic sending ensures automatic profit for its creators.
Though the said capability is alarming, it is worth noting that Symbian malware have never made significant impact on users and that propagation via bluetooth in mobile phones is not a sure way of mass-spreading. However, this malware’s author/s have posted this malware to the Internet and downloading can boost it spread.
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