Malicious mobile phone applications multiply in China

16:56, March 11, 2011      

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Following the popularity of intelligent mobile Internet terminals, malicious mobile phone applications have begun to spread rapidly in China, according to the "Internet Security Report for 2010" released by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC) on March 9.

Some criminals use malicious mobile phone applications to steal users' private information, viciously order various types of added-value services or send massive amount of SMS spam, threatening both users' interests and network security.

The CNCERT/CC quoted data from the Anti Network-Virus Alliance of China (ANVA) as saying that more than 1,600 malicious mobile phone applications were intercepted in 2010 and more than 8 million intelligent mobile phones were infected with the virus. Among them, 2 million mobile phones were infected with the "DuMusicPlay" application and more than 830,000 mobile phones were infected with the "Mobile-phone Skeleton" application.

The report shows that in terms of mobile phone platforms, the Symbian platform has been the primary victim of malicious mobile phone applications, becoming the target of about 69 percent of malicious applications, followed by the J2ME platform (27 percent) and the Android platform (3 percent).

The report warned that malicious mobile phone applications are rapidly increasing and are spreading widely. They are so harmful that the regulations on the mobile Internet environment should be tightened.

By People's Daily Online

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