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is this a bad thing or just a thing?
post #12 of 55
If it is software that has been coded by humans (or monkeys biggrin.gif) malware can be coded for it/it can be hacked into. I know very well how to remove this one and it's SO easy. Don't download it.
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Originally Posted by Bit_reaper View Post

Well yeah. I know linux as well as Mac can get viruses/malware. The thing that surprised me was that this trojan can actually obtain Administrator privileges.

It probably exploits one of the many holes which allow users to root their device. With all of the 'one-click-root' scripts out there, this isn't surprising.
post #14 of 55
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Originally Posted by phill1978 View Post

is this a bad thing or just a thing?

It certainly is a very bad thing in that it will do whatever it can to spread (using Bluetooth for this purpose?! Who would even leave that on but kudos for the malware maker for leaving no vector of transmission over looked) while trying to induce charges on your phone bill and from my limited Android understanding you'd basically have to wipe the phone(?) to get rid of this thing. Still didn't seem clear where you would get this thing.


EDIT UPDATE:
http://thetechjournal.com/electronics/android/obad-a-most-sophisticated-android-trojan.xhtml

Seems it's primary vector and likely original vector was that of an infectious text (SMS).
Edited by Rookie1337 - 6/10/13 at 6:30am
     
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It certainly is a very bad thing in that it will do whatever it can to spread (using Bluetooth for this purpose?! Who would even leave that on but kudos for the malware maker for leaving no vector of transmission over looked) while trying to induce charges on your phone bill and from my limited Android understanding you'd basically have to wipe the phone(?) to get rid of this thing. Still didn't seem clear where you would get this thing.


EDIT UPDATE:
http://thetechjournal.com/electronics/android/obad-a-most-sophisticated-android-trojan.xhtml

Seems it's primary vector and likely original vector was that of an infectious text (SMS).

I leave Bluetooth on 24/7 as connecting automatically to my other Bluetooth devices is one it's major advantages/conveniences. However this also makes it seem slightly dangerous now.

Oh and I point my finger at the NSA...why not?
 
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Hope google fixes this, and increases the security of android sooner.
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post

It certainly is a very bad thing in that it will do whatever it can to spread (using Bluetooth for this purpose?! Who would even leave that on but kudos for the malware maker for leaving no vector of transmission over looked) while trying to induce charges on your phone bill and from my limited Android understanding you'd basically have to wipe the phone(?) to get rid of this thing. Still didn't seem clear where you would get this thing.


EDIT UPDATE:
http://thetechjournal.com/electronics/android/obad-a-most-sophisticated-android-trojan.xhtml

Seems it's primary vector and likely original vector was that of an infectious text (SMS).

I leave Bluetooth on 24/7 as connecting automatically to my other Bluetooth devices is one it's major advantages/conveniences. However this also makes it seem slightly dangerous now.

Oh and I point my finger at the NSA...why not?

Why not just use something like this? I use this so that when I get in my car, I just turn on bluetooth and it automatically connects to my car's radio, which typically also even launches Pandora or Google Music and resumes the last thing I was listening to.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.myklos.btautoconnect&feature=search_result

You can also get NFC tags and put one next to whatever bluetooth devices you use, so that you just hold your phone to the NFC tag and instantly turn on bluetooth and connect to that device. That's an awesome idea that I haven't implemented yet (mostly because I only care to use bluetooth in my car).
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 6/10/13 at 7:58am
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Amazes me that someone put hours and hours into this with their only goal to piss people off and run up bills.

Makes you wonder how pathetic their life must be.
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post #19 of 55
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Amazes me that someone put hours and hours into this with their only goal to piss people off and run up bills.

Makes you wonder how pathetic their life must be.
Their goal is to make money. Either they own those premium rate numbers, or are being contracted to drive up traffic by shady employees of the companies that do own them.
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Amazes me that someone put hours and hours into this with their only goal to piss people off and run up bills.

Makes you wonder how pathetic their life must be.

Not pathetic though, most likely quite profitable, sadly.
Is the only way to get this is from a Spam SMS text? Do you actually have to "install" the application too?
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