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RedBrowser.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:RedBrowser.A
Technical name:J2ME/RedBrowser.A
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Trojan-SMS.J2ME.RedBrowser.a
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It pretends to access WAP pages via free SMSs. But instead, it sends SMSs to a premium rate number, implying economic losses for the user. It reaches the cellphone in a file usually called REDBROWSER.JAR.

Affected platforms:

Other

First detected on:Feb. 28, 2006
Detection updated on:March 1, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

RedBrowser.A is a Trojan that, in principle, only affects cellphones with support for Java applications.

RedBrowser.A pretends to access WAP pages via free SMS messages. But instead, it sends SMSs to the number 1615, which is a Russian premium rate number.

This would imply economic losses for the user. However, bear in mind that the user's consent is requested before sending each SMS.

Visible Symptoms 

    

RedBrowser.A is easy to recognize, as it reaches the cellphone in a file usually called REDBROWSER.JAR, which shows the following image on the display when it is run: