Security companies are warning mobile gamers of a Trojan hidden in a game for Windows Mobile devices, which calls premium-rate numbers and runs up big bills.
However, it is not thought that the company behind the game called 3D Anti-terrorist Action, is behind the Trojan, which calls international premium rate numbers suspected to be owned by the hackers, to raise money from the huge bills.
Symantec said on its Security Response blog: “While there is no smoking gun, we don’t believe that the makers of the game are bundling the threat, but rather one of the distributors.”
Although Sophos was unable to say where it thought the trojan had come from, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the security company, told TechEye that the threat was was out there on the internet.
“People have reported this problem across the internet,” he said.
“The problem with this trojan is that these particular hackers have uploaded the freeware onto sites, which don’t scan it before making it available.”
He therefore advised people to only download the content from reputable sites. If you are downloading from a PC before saving the software onto your Windows phone, you are also advised to ensure your anti-virus protection is up to date.