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Symbian Accidentally Certifies First Text Worm

Tue, 07/21/2009 - 4:49am
by James Middleton

The Symbian Foundation has been left with egg on its face after accidentally sanctioning what experts are calling the first text message worm in history.

A worm, known variously as Yxe, Sexy Space, or Sexy View, has been spotted in the wild attacking smartphone users in China.

According to virus experts at Finnish security firm F-Secure, the worm was written in China and managed to sneak through Symbian’s validation procedure, winning protection as a ‘Symbian signed’ app.

This means the worm will be installed without security warnings and offers just one innocuous prompt to the user during installation. Once installed, the worm sends a text message to every contact in the phone’s address book containing a link to a web page that hosts the worm installation file in SIS form. Of course, the user also pays the price of each and every text message the worm sends out from the infected handset.

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