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Symbian worm discovered.

Fortinet : 22 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
Mobile users warned of new worm threatening Symbian operating system as uncovered by Fortinet.
Fortinet's threat response team have uncovered a malicious SymbianOS Worm that is actively infecting mobile phone networks.

The worm, deemed SymbOS/Beselo.A!worm is able to run on several Symbian S60 enabled devices that include, but may not be limited to, Nokia 6600, 6630, 6680, 7610, N70 and N72 handsets.

Disguised as a multimedia file with an evocative name: either Beauty.jpg, Sex.mp3 or Love.rm - it is easily deceiving users into unknowingly installing the malicious software onto their phones. After installation, the worm harvests all the phone numbers located in the phone's contact lists and targets them with a viral MMS carrying a SIS-packed (Symbian Installation Source) version of the worm.

In addition to harvesting these numbers, the malware also sends itself to generated numbers as well. Interestingly, all these numbers are located in China so far and belong to the same mobile phone operator. Some of these numbers have been verified to belong to actual customers, rather than being premium service numbers, although the whys and hows of such a routine are still under investigation.
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