Companies that issue smartphones to users may want to take steps to boost security on those devices to protect against a new scam that can add charges to their phone bills.
We reported last week on an example of a malicious program that could make Windows-based smartphones automatically dial expensive phone numbers.
Now, Russian security researchers say they’ve discovered a virus that secretly sends text messages to premium rate numbers from Android phones.
The malicious program, discovered by Kaspersky Lab, is disguised as a media player, but without warning, sends the messages costing several dollars each.
Experts warn threats like this will begin appearing as smartphone use becomes widespread. If your company issues mobile devices, it’s a good idea to have a process in place to control what apps users can install.