The Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission has last week released a warning to smart phone users in regards to the latest tactics by hackers to obtain information from your devices.

According to the commission, the malware would be sent via Short Messaging System (SMS) by an already infected person you know, prompting unsuspected victims to eventually click on a given link after the message ‘Is this your photo?”

The warning about the malware in English.
The warning about the malware in English.

Once the link is clicked, a software file, known for now as ‘PhotoViewer.apk’ would be downloaded onto the victims phone, in which the malware would use the victims contact list and send out similar messages to the rest of his contacts. The malware would also quote the victims name in the SMS sent out.

A sample of the said spam message which contains the malware link.
A sample of the said spam message which contains the malware link.

It is not known how dangerous this malware is, but mobile phone users, particularly those using smartphones are highly advised to be alert over this latest malware attack.

Nonetheless, we feel that the way this malware was spread, or intended to be spread, is indeed genius as it would catch a lot of unsuspecting people off guard.  I almost fell for it until I realized that it was downloading an .apk file, usually used to install apps in smartphones.