New Trojan Knocks Out Symbian Phones

If not removed within one hour, malware can cause complete loss of

John Blau, IDG News Service
Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Users of Symbian Series 60 smart phones should be aware of a new
Trojan horse that, if not removed within one hour, can cause complete
data loss in their wireless devices, security experts warn.

Several owners of Symbian-based handsets have caught the Trojan
Doomboot.A. after downloading unauthorized mobile phone games
containing the malware, says Anton Von Troyer, marketing manager of
Finnish antivirus vendor F-Secure.

F-Secure warned users on Friday on its Web site that Doomboot.A was in
the wild.

Von Troyer estimates that around 30 million phones are potentially

What makes Doomboot.A a serious threat to phones, according to Von
Troyer, is the Commwarrior.B worm it contains.

Spreading Itself

The worm propagates itself by sending a steady flow of messages via
the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and short-range Bluetooth, both
of which are fairly standard features in smart phones.

"The worm sends a continuous stream of MMS messages, which will drain
the battery of most phones in about an hour," Von Troyer says. "When
users try to reboot, they can't. Their handsets need to be
reformatted, resulting in complete loss of their data, such as photos,
calendar, and address book."

Most users wouldn't notice if their phones had been infected,
according to Von Troyer. No icons appear; the only indication is a
rapid drain of the battery.

Users who detect the Trojan have about an hour to open the application
manager program in their phone and remove the malware before the
battery drains.

"We're suggesting that people use common sense when going to Web sites
and downloading unauthorized Symbian-based mobile phone games," Von
Troyer says. "And we're also recommending that they use antivirus
programs to protect their devices from viruses, Trojan horses, and

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