“Bill Shocker” Mobile Malware Zombifies Phones to Send Costly Messages

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Mobile threat alert:  a malware plague is on the loose in China which has the potential to spread to unprotected Androids worldwide.

Using its RiskRanker(TM) cloud scanning engine to assess the 3rd party app market, NQ Mobile technology has identified the “Bill Shocker” virus in over 600,000 phones in China.  The virus quietly installs itself in the background before remotely forcing the infected phone to spam text messages to the benefit of advertisers, which in turn runs up the victim’s phone bill.

To mitigate the threat, NQ Mobile has released this free anti-malware app and has offered the following security tips:

1) Only download applications from trusted sources, reputable application stores, and markets, and be sure to check reviews, ratings and developer information before downloading.

2) Never accept application requests from unknown sources. Closely monitor permissions requested by any application; an application should not request permission to do more than what it offers in its official list of features.

3) Be alert for unusual behavior on the part of mobile phones and be sure to download a trusted security application that can scan the applications being downloaded onto your mobile device. NQ Mobile Security users are already fully protected from the Bill Shocker threat.

[Press release]

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