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Think twice before using your smart phone to view porn -- new dialler viruses could leave you with massive phone bills for premium texts or calls -- all placed without your knowledge.  (Source: iPhone Russia)
Beware visiting your favorite adult sites -- you may be slammed with big bills

In the 1990s dialup internet spread across the country and with it came the jump of pornography into the digital realm.  As porn was quickly recognized to be among the most popular and most visited forms of internet content, adult sites quickly drew opportunist cyber criminals who hid trojans and other viruses that would infect the computers of unsuspecting surfers.

Among the most popular schemes were so-called dialers.  Dialers would infect individuals' computers, disconnect their modem, and then force it to dial a long distance number, typically an international call.  The virus would often mute the modem speaker so the victim would be none-the-wiser.   Milking the economics of international calls, the crooks would pocket a substantial amount for each call, while victims would be left with massive phone bills.

With the slow death of the dialup modem and the move to broadband, such antics have died down in recent years.  However, a new trend in adult content viewing is reportedly reviving this insidious form of cybercrime.

Software firm CA maintains a security division, which among several security firms to notice a rise in dialer attacks.  They note that the new attacks are chiefly targeted at smart phone users.  Recent studies have shown that virtually all males partake in adult content -- and other studies have shown that a smaller, but substantial number of females do as well.  With the rise of smartphones, many are turning to mobile browsers to get their pornographic fix. 

Smart phone numbers are growing, in fact, 11 percent of Americans have smart phones, by recent estimates -- that's more than have dialup.  And with the rise in smart phone numbers, adult traffic from these smart mobiles is rising as well.  And that's exactly what cyber criminals are hoping for.

Akhil Menon of CA's security branch writes in a blog, "In our malware analysis lab we have been observing an increasing trend of Trojan Dialers that targets mobile devices and this advisory blog is a quick analysis of one such malware that uses the J2ME technology (a default standard for CLDC devices) to send SMS messages to high cost numbers. Similar to its ancestors, most of them are related to pornographic message centers."

The virus, called Swapi.B typically infects a smart phone when the user downloads what they think is adult software, video clips or helper programs.

Mikko Hypponen, head of research at F-Secure which makes security software for mobiles in an interview with BBC News also reported noticing a rise in smart phone dialer attacks.  He says that crooks love the fact that no extra work is needed to make money off the scheme, unlike traditional cybercrime which involves collecting credit card numbers to conduct credit card fraud.

He states, "PC malware can't just directly steal money from your machine; it has to jump through hoops like keylogging your credit card number or sending spam.  However, mobile malware can just instantly steal from you by making premium-rate calls or messages.  The trojan can place calls to, say, 100 different premium-rate numbers, only one of which is his own number.  How would you fight this? Shut down all the numbers, including the innocent ones?"

Google was among the first to note this trend.  It blocks certain premium lines in its Google Voice service (which offers free calling) to prevent excessive charges or this kind of abuse.  Despite this seeming like common sense, data discrimination laws forbid U.S. carriers from blocking blocks of premium numbers, even if they're suspected of being involved in a cyber fraud scheme.  The FCC is currently investigating Google's call blocking, but it is unclear whether the same laws apply to Google as the traffic is routed over the internet, rather than traditional phone lines, and additionally the service is free.



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So let me get this straight
By dflynchimp on 1/20/2010 5:06:40 PM , Rating: 3
So now not only are we threatened by the teenage driver whose hand is almost inseperably glued to his phone whilst he drives, but his other hand may very well be 'distracted' as well as his eyes focusing on the phone itself and not the road? THIS IS A CONSPIRACY!!!

Although I'm not really sure why they put a picture of some young petite looking chick in schoolgirl garb who's using her phone in her car. My Japanese-fetish-fueled nerve endings are going into overdrive.

In all seriousness, if you don't want the risk, don't take the steps, simple as that. Don't phone while driving, don't surf porn on the phone. Internet via phone is more costly by default than good ol' landline based broadband. The image is tiny anyways, and admit it; who wants to associate the term "tiny" with anything sexual >.>? Are you seriously that desperate for a on-the-road-pr0n fix? Jeez at least buy yourself a large lappie (no pun intended)




RE: So let me get this straight
By Mitch101 on 1/20/2010 5:26:05 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Although I'm not really sure why they put a picture of some young petite looking chick in schoolgirl garb who's using her phone in her car. My Japanese-fetish-fueled nerve endings are going into overdrive.


Different View
http://www.bbc.co.uk/southerncounties/content/imag...

Problem Solved? Or did that make it worse?


RE: So let me get this straight
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 5:36:40 PM , Rating: 5
Still wrong. This is the correct view:

http://tinyurl.com/ylyprpq


RE: So let me get this straight
By formulav8 on 1/21/2010 1:30:58 PM , Rating: 1
A warning would have been nice :)


RE: So let me get this straight
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RE: So let me get this straight
By majBUZZ on 1/26/2010 4:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
die spammer die you worthless opportunist


RE: So let me get this straight
By Lonyo on 1/20/2010 6:28:52 PM , Rating: 3
Steering wheel is on the wrong side for Japan.


RE: So let me get this straight
By foolsgambit11 on 1/20/2010 7:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
She could live in the US. Which would also explain why she's using an iPhone, since they're so much rarer in Japan.

But seriously, though, who cares?


RE: So let me get this straight
By dflynchimp on 1/20/2010 7:35:03 PM , Rating: 2
urg, I was merely commenting on the uniform. I know perfectly well its' a white chick in the states... I guess the humor was lost in translation :P


RE: So let me get this straight
By dflynchimp on 1/20/2010 7:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
actually come again, it's a russian chick XD


RE: So let me get this straight
By dragonbif on 1/20/2010 7:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not all (but most) cars in Japan have it on the right side. They can be sold on the left. So you know the cars with the steering wheel on the left side are imports and cost a lot more because of the tax.


RE: So let me get this straight
By PrinceGaz on 1/21/2010 10:26:00 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The image is tiny anyways, and admit it; who wants to associate the term "tiny" with anything sexual >.>?

Even though the image is tiny, it can still be better than viewing it on a desktop or laptop PC because you can view it in bed easily from any position with just one hand, leaving the other hand free for other activities. At least that is what someone told me last night in the pub...


RE: So let me get this straight
By OKMIJN4455 on 1/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: So let me get this straight
By majBUZZ on 1/26/2010 4:01:50 PM , Rating: 3
Cant DT delete this account or the other one he uses or block his ip or something is it a script?


1990s?
By Proxes on 1/20/2010 5:49:43 PM , Rating: 3
Porn was alive and well back in the 80s on BBSes.




RE: 1990s?
By EricMartello on 1/20/2010 7:07:42 PM , Rating: 3
Fapping...2400 baud at a time. :D


RE: 1990s?
By Chocobollz on 1/22/2010 1:24:34 AM , Rating: 2
Though I prefer fapping at 90 km/h :P


RE: 1990s?
By delphinus100 on 1/22/2010 6:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
But we wern't trying to do multi-megabyte images or streaming video then, either...

(I still remember the first time I saw an image file that exceeded 1 megabyte...a Tomahawk cruise missile in flight, I believe. Indeed, I sometimes chose what files I'd download on the basis of their size)


RE: 1990s?
By SiliconAddict on 1/20/2010 7:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
ASCII porn does not count.


Which smart phones? not the Iphone lol....
By sapiens74 on 1/20/2010 6:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Mobile?




RE: Which smart phones? not the Iphone lol....
By CurseTheSky on 1/20/2010 8:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
I would say the iPhone is a more likely candidate than Windows Mobile phones. Hackers, scammers, and other shady parties almost always target the largest audience they can to increase their rate of success. If the iPhone has the largest market share of the smart phone division, chances are the virus was written with it in mind. Of course, that's assuming that it does indeed have the largest market share (I don't know for sure); the same would go for Blackberries, Windows Mobile Phones, etc. if they're king of the hill.

If the title of your post is insinuating that the iPhone is impenetrable to viruses and malware, you're dead wrong (as is the mentality that Macs in general are). Macs have a much smaller market share than Windows machines, and therefore aren't targeted by viruses and malware nearly as much.


By kmmatney on 1/21/2010 2:19:29 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think the iPhone is a likely candidate, since you have to download apps through the App store, so you wouldn't be downloading "what they think is adult software, video clips or helper programs" from a web site. I'm not saying the iPhone is impenetrable, but the way you have to download apps gives you some protection over this. Maybe iPhones that have been Jailbroken are more susceptible. So I would say Windows mobile phones would be more suscpetible. I have no idea if you can willy nilly install Apps on the Android, or if you need to go through an App store.


By frobizzle on 1/21/2010 10:32:15 AM , Rating: 3
The iPhone is not a candidate simply because with AT&T providing their service, either they will never get a signal or it will drop within seconds.


Why?
By messyunkempt on 1/21/2010 4:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
Why the hell would anyone want to look at porn on thier phone anyway? It seems pretty unlikely that if you're anywhere that you need to use your phone to access it that you'd be in a position to fully appreciate it...




RE: Why?
By fstarnella on 1/21/2010 8:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing like watching a MILF while sitting on the crapper.


RE: Why?
By delphinus100 on 1/22/2010 6:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Umm...would that mean her? Or yourself?

I mean, the former positively worries me more than the latter...

(I'm also reminded of a 'Friends' episode where one of the guys is showing the other through his new apartment, including the [cool!] extension phone right next to the john. After a brief pause [for surprise and audience laughter], his response:

"Don't ever call me from that phone!")


Idiots fuel hackers once again
By Hakuryu on 1/21/2010 2:44:31 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe I'm just a bit paranoid, but I'd never, ever, ever download something I found at a porno site. Helper programs? Do people really need help finding porn? I don't... I could find enough porn in a day to satisfy the entire country of China behind their so called 'firewall' which I find laughable.

I am computer literate, and yes I see the idiots who need to be reminded their PC needs to be plugged in before it will work, but I find it hard to believe there are so many retards out there that will still download and install programs from suspect sites.

I can't help but feel they deserve what they get, and hopefully someday I can make money off them by removing or taking care of their loss of sanity.




By Blight AC on 1/21/2010 9:08:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah... after reading..

quote:
The virus, called Swapi.B typically infects a smart phone when the user downloads what they think is adult software, video clips or helper programs.


I realized I have nothing to worry about. Only idiots will be infected.


By leexgx on 1/21/2010 7:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
in the UK Prem numbers are blocked automatically when you get an pay as you go phone or contract phone, you have to ring them up to enable 09 or prem Type USA numbers or international dialing, (o2 network you have to remove the 00 or 0 from the start to make the call work)

if in the USA they come Fully allowed to dial Prem rate numbers that is plane stupid, the Block should be in place until you turn on prem numbers on the FCC should be enforcing default blocks on Prem rate numbers on mobiles and land lines unless the customer has agreed to allow prem rate numbers




By msomeoneelsez on 1/23/2010 3:08:19 AM , Rating: 2
That would imply that the US Government knows what they are doing... last (couple hundred) time(s) I checked, they still don't.


Me thinks this is a good thing!
By bigdawg1988 on 1/25/2010 11:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
Darwin rules, making the gene pool safer since the beginning of time!




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