June 6, 2010

Hackers Target Games On Windows Mobile Phones

According to a security firm specializing in mobile devices, hackers have started planting viruses in video games for smartphones that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.

According to John Hering, CEO of San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, the games are available on sites that provide legitimate software for mobile devices.

The games - 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art - are bundled with malicious software that automatically dials premium-rate telephone services in Somalia, Italy and other countries.  Some of these rates can reach hundreds of dollars in a single month.

Hering said Friday that the programmers who built the tainted software run the services.

He said that victims generally do not realize they have been infected until they receive a phone bill and see costly charges of those premium-rate services.

Hackers are increasingly targeting smartphone users as sales of the sophisticated mobile devices soar, such as Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system.

Microsoft said it was aware of the problem and is investigating it.

"As always, Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow all of the steps of the 'Protect Your Computer' guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software," said a spokesman.

According to Microsoft, its customers should visit http://www.microsoft.com/protect/ for more information about protection from viruses.


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