New SMS-virus ravages users of Android-smartphone in 16 countries




Smartphones running Android exposed new modification SMS-virus Selfmite, first detected in June. The worm, which, after entering the system sends out thousands of spam short message, emptying the account holders mobile gadgets already infected “Google Phone” in 16 countries. This is reported by the experts of Adaptive Mobile.


The first version of the Trojan, Selfmite.a, researchers have identified cybersecurity summer. He sent a link to APK-installer that contains malicious code, the first 20 contacts in the address book of the victim. According to experts, only a hundred infected devices in the last two weeks has distributed 150,000 messages. Its new form, Selfmite.b, more aggressive – it sends thousands of SMS-messages to all the contacts, and does it in a circle.

On average, from one device sent 1,500 messages. This can be costly for users whose tariff plan does not include unlimited SMS. In addition, some operators may block a spam phone number. In the course of infection Selfmite adds to the desktop gadget two icons. They lead to sites on the Internet, offering various paid services and applications. Thus attackers earn his creation.


If Selfmite.a basically threatened to users in the United States, Selfmite.b infects Android-smartphone in 16 countries, including Russia, Vietnam, Venezuela, India, Canada, China, Morocco, Puerto Rico and Japan.

Experts warn that the owners of devices infected Selfmite.b, could face huge bills for cellular communication. To protect themselves from “malware», Android-users to recommend the use of anti-virus software and download applications only from the official store Google Play.

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