Archive for January 23, 2008

New Symbian Worm hits Nokia Mobile Phones

Posted: January 23, 2008 in Tech

Security vendor Fortinet has diagnosed a malicious SymbianOS Worm that is actively spreading on mobile phone networks.

Fortinet’s threat response team has warned that the worm, identified as SymbOS/Beselo.A!worm, is able to run on several Symbian S60-enabled devices. These include the Nokia 6600, 6630, 6680, 7610, N70 and N72 handsets.

The malware is disguised as a multimedia file (MMS) with an evocative name: either Beauty.jpg, Sex.mp3 or Love.rm. Fortinet warned this is deceiving users into unknowingly installing the malicious software onto their phones.

EMC Corporation unveiled its software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy and the release of MozyEnterprise powered by EMC Fortress for online backup of desktops, laptops and remote Windows servers. EMC also announced several new reseller agreements with business partners to offer MozyEnterprise online backup services to their customers. Additionally, EMC is expanding its relationship with Verizon Business to offer this new set of SaaS

MozyEnterprise automates secure online backup and recovery over the Internet for consistent and reliable off-site data protection for remote desktops, laptops and branch office servers.

The hosted backup and recovery service is based on technology gained from its $76 million acquisition of Berkeley Data Systems last September.

Apple continues to post impressive revenue reports as they have now reported profit figures of 1.58 billion dollars in the most recent quarter.  The company gained from improved demand for their Mac computers, iPods and iPhones.

Apple’s revenues for the period were at an impressive 9.6 billion dollars. Incidentally around half of these revenues from their international markets.  The company had recently claimed that they have sold more than 4 million Apple iPhones in the market since its launch last year.

Symantec reported that it has spotted the first exploits using the “drive-by pharming” concept that researchers have been warning about for two years.

“With this sort of attack, all a victim would have to do to be susceptible is simply view the attacker’s malicious HTML or JavaScript code, which could be placed on a Web page or embedded in an email,” Symantec says.

Consumers may fall victim to pharming by having their home broadband routers reconfigured by a malicious web site.