This is one disturbing piece of news. Reports on the internet suggest that as of today Series 60 Third Edition is no longer virus/malware free. The credit for taking away the virus free title goes to a software known as the “Isexplayer” which acts as a pornographic portal offering a myriad of “services”. Once the .sis file is installed, the software reportedly automatically dials a premium-rate international phone number without the owners’ knowledge.
The application during installation asks for the user’s permission to make calls and after that reportedly makes calls itself. Now that the news part is done, lets get into what is this all about. First up this might not be true at all and be just another rumour.
Second, even if it is true and such an application exists, it is impossible for you to get affected automatically. You will need to manually get hold of the application and then install it after going through the warnings. Third, only people with ‘hacked’ phones are at risk and that too if they choose to install. If you have no idea what ‘hacked phone’ means – you are completely safe. This application is unsigned and therefore cannot be directly installed on a normal S60.
The reason I chose to use the word ‘disturbing’‘ is not because this will be an outbreak and people will have affected phones, but because such news more than likely will cause a tremendous hype and panic amongst people who will now start looking at completely not needed anti virus applications.
Bottomline, if you have a hacked phone be careful while installing untrusted applications, as for the others pretend as if this never happened.