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This was bound to happend and this happend during the first quarter of 2009. I mean the discovering by F-Secure the first ever SMS virus.
Finnish anti-malware firm F-Secure is predicting that SMS-generated mobile spam will be a major problem in the future. Describing the SymbOS/Yxe worm as the most significant threat to emerge over the period they predict that the problem of SMS viruses can become one of the most danger and widely spread viruses in the close future.
The worm spreads by sending an SMS promising a ‘sexy view’, with links to a malicious site prompting the user to download the malware. It will then use the victim’s contact list to spread.
“Sexy View is the first text message worm ever. It’s also the first mobile phone worm that circumvents the signature checks that are meant to secure the latest smartphones,” said F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypponen.
“And the motive behind it seems to be to collect information for mobile phone spamming purposes. Mobile phone spam is already a big problem in some parts of the world, and eventually it will be an issue everywhere.”