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Chinese Cell Phone virus Allows Calls to Be Monitored

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 24, 2011


from the chinadaily
“A new mobile phone virus has been discovered to have infected 150,000 people in China allowing hackers to remotely monitor calls, according to the Beijing Times on Wednesday.
The virus, named X Undercover, takes advantage of existing vulnerabilities in smart phones by forcing the three-way calling service to secretly open. Conversations and text messages can be monitored and copied after the virus breaks into the calling sequence, said Zou Shihong, a security expert with NetQin Mobile Inc.
he virus can also secretly video the phone’s owner, retrieve call and text records as well as pinpoint the user’s latest GPS position.The virus is sold online from 3,000 yuan ($456) with hundreds of seller boasting about its eavesdropping range and latest upgrade features.”

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