The ZeuS Trojan Targets your BlackBerry Smartphone

This news comes as a bit of a shock to me.  RIMs BlackBerry OS has widely been known to be virtually impossible to exploit.  TrendMicro is reporting that there is a new attack targeting BlackBerry’s SMS feature.

“The ZeuS malware specifically targeting the BlackBerry OS is currently detected as BBOS_ZITMO.B. Just like its desktop counterpart, this ZeuS variant does not display any graphical user interface (GUI) that can prompt users about the infection. Instead, it removes itself from the list of applications, in order to effectively stay under the radar.”

Once installed, it sends a message to the administrator and awaits more commands. BBOS_ZITMO.B also lets the admin change its forwarding number using SMS, in the event the original number were to get tracked and deleted.

The ZeuS Trojan is capable of carrying out the following commands:

  • Display SMS: Unmonitored SMS will be treated as a normal SMS and will be displayed on the phone.
  • Delete/Drop SMS: SMS from hacker will not be seen by the user.
  • Forward SMS: Send SMS to hacker without the user’s knowledge.
  • Block Calls
  • Remove Block Calls
  • Set Administrator: Register a new administrator.
  • On/Off
  • Add Sender
  • Remove Sender
  • Set Sender
  • Block/Unblock Phone Numbers

It will be interesting to see just how far this virus gets.  There is no mention of how the BlackBerry device becomes infected.  Perhaps downloading a pirated application?  Installing an application from an unknown source?  No one is sure at this point in time.

Worried about your BlackBery becoming infected?  If so, you can download a free anti-virus software called LookoutClick here to download it.