Internet security from Trend Micro has identified a malware that is specifically targeting BlackBerry phones.
BlackBerry smartphones have remained spared from malware attacks over the years, but now there is news of a trojan variant ZeusS that is specifically targeting BlackBerry users. ZeuS variants targeting Windows and Symbian users have been spotted previously.
Trend Micro has identified the malware as BBOS_ZITMO.B. What makes the trojan extremely dangerous is the fact that it installs itself in the OS and cannot be seen in the list of applications. Suggested read: Android more vulnerable than Apple iOS
After successful installation, the trojan sends a confirmation message “App Installed OK,” to a U.K. number to signal that it is ready to receive commands. You can see that in the screenshot below.
The trojan is specifically targeting BlackBerry smartphones’ SMS feature. Once installed successfully, ZeuS can do the following:
What the hacker basically tries to do here is get access to your private information, especially if you use mobile banking through your phone. Related: Trojan Geinimi targets Android phones
Many BlackBerry users are young professionals who use mobile banking through their phones and they need to be remain cautious while installing applications. Also, do not click links sent by unknown users as they may download malicious applications on your phones. Also see: Anti-virus apps for smartphones
Source: Trend Micro