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Shields Up!: Malware infested Windows Mobile apps spotted on several websites

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WinMobile Windows Mobile users beware! A security firm has announced it has found several malware infested apps on nearly a dozen popular download sites. Lookout says the apps, 3D Anti-Terrorist game, PDA Poker Art, and Codec pack for Windows Mobile 1.0, were repackaged with malicious code and distributed on 9 download sites. The code opens an auto-dialer that quietly dials through a list of premium numbers, racking up huge charges that the phone’s owner won’t know about until their bill arrives. These scams are commonplace overseas and are now starting to hit our shores.

While Microsoft is aware of the issue there doesn’t appear that there is much they can do about it. There’s no patch that can fix or block the issue because unlike traditional non-mobile malware, it’s not taking advantage of any software vulnerabilities. The only ways to protect yourself are to be very careful where and what you download, install an mobile anti-virus app for WinMobile devices, or get a non Windows phone.

Read [CNet]

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  1. While Microsoft is aware of the issue there doesn’t appear that there is much they can do about it. Lookout says the apps, 3D Anti-Terrorist game, PDA Poker Art, and Codec pack for Windows Mobile 1.0, were repackaged with malicious code and distributed on 9 download sites.
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