back to article Zombies bite into Symbian smartphones

Security researchers have identified the first known spam bot client for 3G phones. YXES-B poses as a legitimate application called Sexy Space (ACSServer.exe) to steal the subscriber, phone, and network information of victims. The malware forwards these details to a site under hacker control. The same site contains message …

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Errrrr.....whut?

"poses as a legitimate application called Sexy Space" Oxymoron?

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WTF?

I know I'm an old luddite...

but what's wrong with a phone that, e.g., just makes calls?

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First known...

Except for the previous version...

Ermmmm....

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dumb

Does it actually prompt the user to install it? Some users are just button pressing monkeys.

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@chris 211

Thats the idea of a Trojan. Just like the gift of a big wooden horse, the user thinks he is installing something good and gets all the nasty stuff hidden inside it.

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.exe on a Symbian?

This doesn't really sound right - I've never heard of an exe file running straight on phone!

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so

the article is quite skimpy on the details. presumably because it's overhyped bollocks as usual.

so someone downloads the app, accepts the install, runs the app, accepts the network connection prompt and then beings spamming?

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@Fred 24

The 'executable' files on symbian are .exe, they are inside the symbian packages (.sisx (signed) or .sis (unsigned))

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It's all about teh monies.

Steve: "but what's wrong with a phone that, e.g., just makes calls?"

There's less profit in it!

They want you to opt for the more complicated device so you can use billable services.

Follow the money, it's all that matters.

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