Researchers Display Rootkit Capability on Smartphones

February 23, 2010 by  

Rutgers just posted a news release about malware research against smartphones. The Professor and student researchers discussed how their rootkits could “eavesdrop on a meeting, track its owner’s travels, or rapidly drain its battery to render the phone useless.” They were able to send “invisible” text messages to the infected phone, activating the rootkit, and alerting it to make a call and turn on the microphone.

Smartphone malware isn’t a new concept, but as advances in smartphones continue, malware proliferation will follow. A few months ago, there were reports of malware infecting jailbroken iPhones. I’m sure we’ll see similar reports in the future (on non-modified phones), and a greater emphasis on smartphone antivirus to follow.



One Response to “Researchers Display Rootkit Capability on Smartphones”

  1. Austin Reynolds on March 4th, 2010 3:28 pm

    A number government agencies and corporations bar their employees from carying smartphones into areas containing sensitive information. Now you know why!

    Keep your smart phone secured or in your possession at all times. Password protect the device and reinstall if you ever suspect that the phone has been compromised. The only way to know for sure that the phone is not transmitting is to remove its battery.


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