Another virus that targets Android users has been discovered. This latest malware not only steals credit card and money transfer information, it also allows payments that you don’t know about.
TrustGo security labs called this new malware SMSZombie.A. It was initially discovered in China and exploits vulnerabilities in the country’s mobile payment system via SMS.
TrustGo security reported that this virus has been used by individuals to pay for their online gaming accounts via mobile payment systems.
The security firm added, “The SMSZombie virus has been hidden in a variety of wallpaper apps and attracts users with provocative titles and pictures. When the user sets the app as the device’s wallpaper, the app will request the user to install additional files associated with the virus. If the user agrees, the virus payload is delivered within a file called ‘Android System Service.”
They also said that once the virus is installed in Android devices, it’s difficult for infected users to remove it. TheNextWeb also reported that at least 500,000 Android devices have already been infected by this virus.
They said, “While that’s a drop in the ocean for China Mobile’s 683 million subscribers, it has the potential to make a large number of unauthorized transactions and cause trouble and annoyance for many.”
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