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blisster
08-13-2010, 8:25 AM
http://www.helium.com/items/1920771-first-trojan-virus-hits-mobile-phones

The recent explosion in popularity of applications for smartphones running Google's Android system has lead to an almost inevitable development: a trojan virus targeted specifically at Android phones. On 10th August, anti-virus specialists Kaspersky announced that a new virus - Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlaye r.a - was infecting mobile phones in order to send SMS messages to premium rate numbers.

bigmike82
08-13-2010, 9:04 AM
Meh, it requires users to do something stupid.

It's a non-issue.

blisster
08-13-2010, 9:10 AM
Meh, it requires users to do something stupid.

It's a non-issue.

As do most virus/malware infections.

Shouldn't be an issue at this point, just worthy of noting for Android users that the possibility is there, and to expect more on the horizon, and be careful of the apps you install.

bigmike82
08-13-2010, 10:18 AM
It's true. Most crap that ends up on a computer is because the person messed up.

"...that the possibility is there, and to expect more on the horizon, and be careful of the apps you install. "
People, especially IT folk, who don't recognize this deserve to get pwned, and pwned hard. Assuming that you're safe just because you're running Android or OSX or Linux or (OS of the month) is foolish.

sfwdiy
08-13-2010, 1:07 PM
It's true. Most crap that ends up on a computer is because the person messed up.

"...that the possibility is there, and to expect more on the horizon, and be careful of the apps you install. "
People, especially IT folk, who don't recognize this deserve to get pwned, and pwned hard. Assuming that you're safe just because you're running Android or OSX or Linux or (OS of the month) is foolish.

+1.

Glad I disabled SMS on my account. Google Voice FTW.

--B

nick
08-13-2010, 1:58 PM
Meh, it requires users to do something stupid.

It's a non-issue.

And users usually happily oblige. Hence the issue :)

nick
08-13-2010, 2:06 PM
It's true. Most crap that ends up on a computer is because the person messed up.

"...that the possibility is there, and to expect more on the horizon, and be careful of the apps you install. "
People, especially IT folk, who don't recognize this deserve to get pwned, and pwned hard. Assuming that you're safe just because you're running Android or OSX or Linux or (OS of the month) is foolish.

I disagree with this assessment. OSX doesn't get infected, ever.

bigmike82
08-13-2010, 2:22 PM
"OSX doesn't get infected, ever."

Please tell me you're joking. ;)

Turo
08-13-2010, 2:29 PM
I disagree with this assessment. OSX doesn't get infected, ever.

I hope you're kidding.

If you aren't, check out here (http://news.techworld.com/security/5392/worlds-first-os-x-virus-hits-apple/) and here (http://ithreats.net/2010/06/02/premieropinion-spyware-now-in-mac-os-x/) and here (http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001461.html).

Heck, just google "OSX trojan/virus/etc." Macs haven't been attacked as much as PCs because up until a couple years ago they were only 15% of a hacker's market. Now, because they are more popular, they have the same security risks as any other platform. Probably even more so because most mac users think, "OSX doesn't get infected, ever."

nick
08-13-2010, 2:31 PM
"OSX doesn't get infected, ever."

Please tell me you're joking. ;)

Nah, I got converted after hearing Steve Jobs say it. WHy would he make it up? :p

If only you knew how many times I've heard that said though... and then found the viruses on the "old" Macs that "got slow over time, I guess they wore out or something, so I bought a new one". Sometimes I think it's a sales ploy by Apple :)

nick
08-13-2010, 2:31 PM
I hope you're kidding.

If you aren't, check out here (http://news.techworld.com/security/5392/worlds-first-os-x-virus-hits-apple/) and here (http://ithreats.net/2010/06/02/premieropinion-spyware-now-in-mac-os-x/) and here (http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001461.html).

Heck, just google "OSX trojan/virus/etc." Macs haven't been attacked as much as PCs because up until a couple years ago they were only 15% of a hacker's market. Now, because they are more popular, they have the same security risks as any other platform. Probably even more so because most mac users think, "OSX doesn't get infected, ever."

You're only saying this because you envy me that I have a Mac, you don't! :p

Masterdebater
08-13-2010, 2:55 PM
i think big cpu companies pay big time hackers to create viruses so the people have to pay big bucks to get they shat fixed. but i digress...