Botnet Viruses Invade Smart-phones: Kicking Up Some Dust on the World Cup
New mobile viruses, disguised as "Free World Cup VOD" and other hot topics, were captured last week by the Mobile Security Center of NetQin Mobile Inc. More than 500 complaint cases were reported and filed on June 23.
Identified as ShadowSrv.A, FC.Downsis.A, BIT.N and MapPlug.A, these viruses were embedded in mini mobile games to lure users to download.
Once downloaded, the device will be controlled by the virus originator. The virus propagation model is the same as a computer "Botnet"; hence, the viruses are defined as "Botnet viruses". The term "botnet" is generally used to describe security thr... .. .
Heads up, I got hit with one of these botnet viruses the other day. I thought it kinda strange that a mate of mine would send me a text with a link to download ‘How I met your mother quiz’. I installed it without thinking too much about it. It wasn’t until I did my weekly security scan with my NetQin AV did it detect it – I had no idea I had one of these BotNet viruses in my phone. Luckily I caught it fairly early and there’s been no damage. I’ve contacted my mates to tell them not to open the link if they get one of these messages but beware of these BotNets!