SMobile Announces Solution for Newest Mobile Phone Virus to Sweep the World Mobile Security Provider Ready to Go with Protection for Malicious MMS Worm

That Has Hit Nokia Smartphones Worldwide



    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SMobile Systems announced that
 it has prepared and tested a mobile anti-virus update and disinfection tool
 for its Security Shield platform to help protect Nokia smartphones being
 attacked by a malicious SymbianOS Worm (also referred to as a Beselo worm)
 currently spreading on mobile phone networks worldwide.
 
     The virus is being disseminated as a multimedia file (MMS) with such
 monikers as Beauty.jpg, Sex.mp3 or Love.rm. When installed on the handsets,
 the malware gathers all the phone numbers located in the phone's contact
 lists and targets them with a viral MMS carrying a SIS-packed (Symbian
 Installation Source) version of the worm. In addition to harvesting these
 numbers, the malware also sends itself to generated numbers. To date the
 worm only affects Symbian S60 enabled smartphones including such models as
 the Nokia 6630, 7610, 6680, and N70. However, with modifications, this
 current attack could spread to many additional smartphone models.
 
     "SMobile has been at the forefront of monitoring and protecting against
 mobile malware attacks such as the one we are witnessing right now. Sadly,
 this worm proves that mobile viruses are no longer 'theoretical' in nature,
 said George Tuvell, chief technology officer of SMobile. "This is a
 particularly insidious virus that is smarter in design, and ultimately more
 dangerous to consumers, corporate smart phone users and to the carriers who
 provide service to mobile customers, than nearly any previous attack that
 has gotten into the wild."
 
     Tuvell continued, "SMobile's Security Shield now has been updated to
 protect against this worm, and to clean any handset already infected with
 this malware. We quickly identified this threat and developed the
 appropriate counter-measures to ensure that our corporate, institutional
 and individual customers have the highest level of security available in
 the market."
 
     Rick Roscitt, chief executive officer of SMobile added, "SMobile's
 Security Shield has been lab tested by major carriers and handset
 manufacturers such as Nokia, British Telecom, AT&T and others. SMobile has
 the most complete, effective and powerful smartphone security tools on the
 market," added Mr. Roscitt. "We look forward to providing our protection
 software to any consumer whose handset has been infected with this worm,
 any corporation looking to prevent an incursion or any carrier looking to
 provide anti-virus protection as a value add service to their customers."
 
     About SMobile
 
     SMobile, Inc. has created the first and only complete line of products
 and services that securely protect mobile phones and the global wireless
 infrastructure from hackers, viruses, data compromise, unauthorized data
 theft and the effects of lost or stolen devices. The company's security
 applications include virus and malware detection, text message and data
 filtering, prevention of unwanted messages from interrupting the user, spam
 blocking, enterprise management, protection for mobile professionals from
 harmful data on open networks and data security and password-protection for
 content and files. SMobile is headquartered in Columbus, OH with facilities
 in Fort Lee, N.J., Dortmund, Germany, and Pune, India. The company is
 privately held.
 
 
Contact: Lewis Goldberg / Anne Donohoe / Christa Conte KCSA Strategic Communications (212) 896-1216 / (212) 896-1261 / (212) 896-1238 lgoldberg@kcsa.com / adonohoe@kcsa.com / cconte@kcsa.com

SOURCE SMobile, Inc.

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