NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, April 14, 2005

New symbian malware detected Posted by Jarno @ 08:05 GMT

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This morning we received a sample of new Symbian malware which is called SymbOS/Hobbes.A.

It is a SIS based trojan that pretends to be Symantec Anti-Virus for Symbian phones. When the trojan is installed it shows dialog instructing user to reboot his phone, to activate the Anti-Virus. Of course the trojan contains no Anti-Virus just a component that disables the Phone application menu.

We have tested the trojan on different phones and it seems to affect only the old versions of Symbian Series 60 phones, such as NGage and 3650.

To our knowledge the trojan is not in the wild, but any user who happens to install it, should not reboot their phones. And uninstall the file with Application manager.

The SymbOS/Hobbes.A trojan is already detected with F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus using generic detection introduced in database update 15 published in December 13th, 2004