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Messaging trojan discovered

The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center in China is alerting users of a new Android virus discovered called Android/SmsSpy.ccr. The state news agency, Xinhuanet, is warning that it can create its own variants in a short time and so spreads quickly to other vulnerable handsets. The virus also blocks messages by giving infected devices the Android permissions required to receive, read and send SMS messages to any contact in the devices contact list.

The virus hides itself after infection by removing its icon from the launcher. It also "activates controls to prevent uninstallation", although what these are exactly is not specified.

VERC is advising concerned users not to open text messages from unknown senders. No word yet from the anti-virus providers on how serious this really is, but the usual advice regarding only installing software from trusted sources applies.