Think you’re safe from malware just because your phone is new? Maybe not. Mikael Ricknäs reports:
Traces of the now defunct Mariposa botnet has been found on another HTC Magic from Vodafone in Spain, security company Panda wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
The malware was once again found on the SD card that shipped with the Android-based smartphone.
At the time of the original report, on March 8, a Vodafone spokesman said “it appears to be an isolated incident”, and Panda’s senior research adviser Pedro Bustamante thought it was an issue with a specific refurbished phone.
However, a second occurrence is too much of a coincidence, and shows it could be a bigger problem with quality assurance or a specific batch of phones, according to Bustamante. Panda also found a copy of the Win32/AutoRun worm on the phone’s memory card, he said.
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