Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Teenage Researcher Creates Windows Phone 8 Malware Prototype

Windows Phone 8A young security researcher by the name of Shantanu Gawde claims to have created a prototype of mobile malware targeting the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Gawde is scheduled to unveil his proof-of-concept code at the International Malware Conference (MalCon) in New Delhi, India on November 24th.

Details about the malware are rather scarce; however, the MalCon website hints at Gawde’s presentation involving a Trojan disguised as a legitimate app that will give attackers access to contacts, text messages, pictures and more.

If that’s the case, then the question of whether or not a malicious app can sneak past Microsoft’s approval process & become available within the Windows Phone Store remains. (Not to mention how sketchy the permissions screen may look to end-users.)

Microsoft is aware of Gawde's upcoming presentation and is ready to take appropriate action to help protect their customers following his MalCon demonstration.

[via The Register]

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