Two years ago, nobody cared about mobile malware. OK, there were a few small outbreaks – but nothing which made its owners money.

InformationWeek now reports the following:

More than 1 million cell phone users in China has been infected with a virus that automatically sends text messages, and the attack is costing users a combined 2 million yuan ($300,000 U.S.) per day.

According to Shanghai Daily, “the ‘zombie’ virus, hidden in a bogus antivirus application, can send the phone user’s SIM card information to hackers, who then remotely control the phone to send URL links.”

As this product relies purely on social engineering or idiocy, I would not consider it a virus – let’s see when this is combined with an exploit for maximum damage and automatic spreading…

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