Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Voice Over IP Brings Potential for New Type of Spam!

Spam over Internet telephony not prevalent yet, experts sayAs reported in recent news, those who send unsolicited sales pitches for everything from free money and tropical vacations to discounted prescription medicine are beginning to use the power of the Internet and the interconnectedness of cell phones to send unsolicited text and voice messages to users of short messaging services (SMS) and voice over IP (VoIP) telephones.Experts at the anti-virus company Sophos recently discovered, Troj/Delf-HA, a Trojan horse that attempts to send text messages en masse to SMS-equipped mobile phones. Troj/Delf-HA installs itself in the Windows system folder and inserts a command in the registry that ensures the virus runs when the computer is started up. Then it connects to a Russian Web site and downloads a text file containing the details of the SMS message the virus attempts to send using forms found on many Russian cellular service providers' Web sites which allow users to send text messages to SMS-equipped cell phones. Sophos lists the Trojan's prevalence as low on it Web site where the company also provides a

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