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Wiretap Trojan viruses on rise on China's smartphones

By Liu Yuying (Chinanews.com)

16:04, August 17, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

The X Undercover virus, the Rupert Murdoch phone-hacking scandal and other incidents have been a wake-up call for phone users that eavesdropping software could affect their daily lives.

During the first half of this year, the number of cases of malicious wiretapping software and Trojan viruses that have been intercepted by Chinese internet security companies has been increasing.

According a report from the 360 Company, which accounts for 50 percent of China's mobile phone security market share, 13.24 million mobile phones were attacked in the first half of this year. The report said that the function of Trojan viruses has changed from crippling systems to breaching users' privacy.

Security expert Shi Xiaohong from the 360 Company said that up to Aug. 15, the company has intercepted more than 600 mobile phone Trojan virus and malicious software from smartphones with Android and Symbian operating systems.

The most famous one among the wiretap viruses is the X Undercover virus. The virus can take advantage of existing vulnerabilities in smart phones to monitor and copy text messages, phone numbers, phone records, and it can even send a phone call to a given mail box.

The greatest cause for concern is that Trojan viruses and other malicious software are offered on some websites. Take the X Undercover virus for instance. It can be found on Taobao, China’s largest online shopping marketplace.

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