New Version of Android Virus hits India

It is reported that a new version of the Android virus “selfmite” has appeared in the wild. The virus sends SMS messages to all the contacts with a hyper link which if clicked will install a malicious app.

Details are available here

It appears that the virus uses shortened URL service of GoDaddy and can be re configured remotely to change the URL.

At present the virus can spread only through the clicking of the URL in an SMS.  The users should therefore be vary of clicking on any URL even if it is part of an SMS from a friend.

The threat hurts the use of a mobile for browsing internet and can seriously affect the plans unveiled recently by Face Book founder to make certain basic internet services free from the face book applications.

Industry should ensure that mobile anti virus systems are strengthened to prevent such viruses.


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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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