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January 15, 2010

Smartphones targeted by porn scams

Malware fiends use old dial-up tricks

by Lexton Snol

Cyber criminals have gone back to their old-school tricks to target innocent smartphone users. In the days of dial-up internet access Trojan Dialers were added to an infected computer calling out to premium numbers through dial-up modems. The unsuspecting user of the infected machine then received huge telephone bills. The practice died out with the advent of broadband modems, but security analysts now warn that smartphone users are being targeted in remarkably similar fashion.

CA research engineer Dinesh Venkatesan, writing in blog post "Beware - Java Dialers that affect mobile bills" warns that its malware analysis lab has observed an increasing trend of Trojan Dialers "to target mobile devices and send SMS messages to high-cost numbers"

Full story at PC Advisor - http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/securityadvisor/news/index.cfm?newsid=3210306&sa

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