FSecure Discovers New Mobile Phone Virus

Tuesday 11 January 2005 19:34 CET | News

A Brazilian virus writer has unleashed a new mobile phone virus, called Lasco.A, that is capable of spreading both through the short-range wireless Bluetooth technology and by attaching itself to files, according to the Finnish antivirus company F-Secure.

Lasco.A is a bluetooth using worm that runs in Symbian mobile phones that support Series 60 platform. The Lasco.A is based on the same source as Cabir.H and is very similar to it. The main difference between Cabir.H and Lasco.A is that in addition of spreading with bluetooth, Lasco.A will insert itself to any SIS files it finds in the device. Lasco.A replicates over bluetooth connections and arrives to phone messaging inbox as velasco.sis file that contains the worm. When user clicks the velasco.sis and chooses to install the velasco.sis file the worm activates and starts looking for new devices to infect over bluetooth. When Lasco worm finds another bluetooth device it will start sending infected SIS files to it, as long as the target phone is in range. Like Cabir.H,Lasco.A is capable of finding a new target, after the first one has gone out of range. The Lasco worm can reach only mobile phones that support bluetooth, and are in discoverable mode.

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