SMSZombie haunts 500,000 Android users in China

SMSZombie haunts 500,000 Android users in China
It seems like our fellow Android users in China are having some trouble with a new malware called SMSZombie. According to information provided by security company TrustGo, the malicious software is now present on some 500,000 devices. Thankfully, this threat is destined to stay in China, as it is designed to exploit a vulnerability in the mobile payment system used by China Mobile.

SMSZombie is distributed via forums and China's largest third-party Android app store, GFan. The malware has been found in a number of wallpaper apps. Once started, these apps ask the user to install a package called Android System Service. What happens next is that these infected files gain administrative privileges on the device, which allows them to make payments to premium services or provide bank card details, as well as money transfer receipts.

Scary stuff, we tell you! Let's hope that Google and the other will do a better job when working on the security features of their mobile payment services. Although, as you know, no service is completely hack-proof.

via: SlashGear

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3 Comments

1. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

"Let's hope that Google and the other will do a better job when working on the security features of their mobile payment services" The payment system (the one full of loopholes) isn't Google's. The app store isn't Google's. Heck, Chinese phones aren't even Google Certified in the first place. Maybe before we go around blaming Google for this, we should look at the fact that China does not allow Google to even have a presence on their android phones. What this is, is China Mobile releasing terrible custom software on their phones, creating loopholes that don't exist in stock android, and then further not tracking their third party appstore well enough to keep the Malware out.

2. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Have u heard about the messaging security floor I think that is equally as harmful as this SMSzombies thing or maybe even worse...

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

"Let's hope that Google and the other will do a better job when working on the security features of their mobile payment services." I don't think this is Google's fault. As said in the article, the malware is only found in a third-party app store, GFan, and not Google Play. Now, if this were in the Play store; then it would be Google's fault, but it isn't in the Play store. Don't be so quick to place the blame.

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