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Mosquito Trojan Bites Developer Back, 13.8.04

eSecurity Planet

The saga of the first Trojan Horse for Symbian smartphones took a twist worthy of Homer's epic poem the Iliad today, as it has become apparent that the perpetrator was the developer of the infected game itself, Ojum Software.

According to anti-virus company F-Secure, Ojum placed the Trojan in the game Mosquito as a clever form of copy protection. So if a ''cracked'' or illegal version of the game was developed or Mosquito was played on an unregistered smartphone, the Trojan dialed a specific number silently in the background, sending an SMS message notifying Ojum.

While the Trojan dialer worked as planned, as a cracked version of the game sent SMS messages to the company, it backfired too, as it appears a number of legitimate users were affected. Since Ojum picked a premium number for its Trojan to dial, even some of its customers ended up with large fees.

[CLB: A self-inflicted bad security measure affects clients.]


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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