Trend Micro: BlackBerry Phones Hit By Zeus Trojan Variant

With so many reports of Android and iPhone malware, it was

only a matter of time before a BlackBerry variant emerged.

A variant of the Zeus banking Trojan targeting BlackBerry

smartphones was detected by security researchers at Trend Micro. With more

users using their phones to get up-to-date alerts on their bank account

balances, to add funds, or to receive password hints, mobile malware has become

a lucrative attack vector for cyber-criminals, wrote threat analyst Patrick

Estavillo on TrendLabs

blog on March 4.

The BlackBerry Zitmo flies under the user’s radar because it

does not have a graphical user interface, and it can remove itself from the

list of applications attackers, Estavillo said. Mobile banking users unaware of

the infection on their phone would be inadvertently giving away their bank

account information.

Once the mobile Zeus has been installed on the smartphone,

it sends a confirmation message to the remote administrator at the

command-and-control server that it is ready to receive commands. The

confirmation message reads “App Installed OK,” and is sent to a phone number in

the United Kingdom, Estavillo said.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Zeus Trojan Variant Found on BlackBerry Phones.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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