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BlackBerry Susceptible to Zeus Trojan by SMS

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 whiteThe Zeus trojan virus has migrated to the BlackBerry platform by SMS. The delivery technique is downloading software by SMS, and the Trojan installs a file with the extrension .cod or .jar.

The malware allows remote control of the user’s device, allowing changes to the SMS message default number, add a new device administrator, control blocked call lists, and turn the device on and off. The Trojan also removes itself from the applications list to avoid scanning and detection by antivirus software.

To remove the virus delete the files named “sertificate”, and reboot the phone. A last resort is a factory wipe.

With over 100 million BlackBerry devices in the field presenting a fat target to hackers, there is little doubt that this will be the last attack on the platform. Until now the BlackBerry has proven very robust and impervious to virus and malware attacks. The popularity of BlackBerry devices among users has been its security and ability to evade and thwart attacks. Users can expect that the platform will remain robust. Care and vigilance are two methods to keep devices safe and clean.

Think about downloads and where they come from, stay with legitimate sources, and remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

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By , RIM-affairs Correspondent on Mar 14th, 2011 GMT +2


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