Don't know about you but I like Apple's App approval policy

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tekilla, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. tekilla macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2008
    So, like it or not, Apple are pretty strict on App approval. Just think though, if you had a different handset running Windows Mobile and downloaded this game (with no approval/signatures etc), look what could happen to you (and your wallet);

    Miscreants have created a Trojaned version of a Windows mobile game that makes expensive international phone calls from compromised smartphones.

    Pirated versions of 3D Anti-terrorist action, a first-person shooter developed by Beijing Huike Technology in China, and uploaded onto several Windows Mobile freeware download sites, come with a nasty add-on courtesy of Russian virus writers. Compromised phones start attempting to silently make expensive international calls without user involvement, as reported in a thread on the XDA-Developers' forum, featuring the experience of a UK victim of the Trojan.

    Analysis of the malware by Finnish security firm F-Secure reveals that the malicious code initiates several phone calls to international premium-rate numbers. Presumably VXers receive a percentage of the resulting revenue.

    In any case, F-Secure Mobile Security has been updated to detect and block Trojanized versions of this game. Other anti-virus firms can be expected to follow, though the best defence is not to download copies of the game in the first place, of course.

    A full write-up of the threat, complete with screenshots, can be found in an informative blog posting by Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, here.

    Using illicit copies of mobile games to trick users into downloading malware has happened before, albeit infrequently, and is far from restricted to Windows mobile devices. F-Secure compares the latest Trojan mobile game to a game called Mosquitos from six years back that bit users of Symbian smartphones by sending premium-rate SMS messages.

    Please Apple, don't stop being so strict on the App Store. I like the fact that stuff like this won't happen to me.
  2. masterlimp macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2010
    The app store approval policy didn't help Apple with the SMS exploit.
  3. tekilla thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2008

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