A rare Android SMS worm has been discovered that spreads to other users via links in text messages.



QUOTE: SMS worms for Android smartphones don’t appear very often. The vast majority of Android malware that has been discovered to date can be treated as trojans. But it doesn’t mean that other types of malware like SMS worms don’t exist. Recently an SMS worm dubbed Samsapo was discovered and analysed by a number of antivirus companies. Samsapo used a pretty common monetization mechanism: it was able to subscribe an infected device to a premium-rate service. It was also capable of stealing various types of personal information from a smartphone. AdaptiveMobile has analysed and confirmed a new piece of malware, termed Selfmite, that is also able to propagate via SMS. Potential victims receive the following SMS message containing a URL pointing to the Selfmite worm.