NEW YORK (NEWSWATCH33) – A new smart phone virus is spreading across mobile networks causing users phones to post personal photos and text messages online. However, new reports have indicated that the virus also has the capability to infect the individual using the device.
According to researchers at Palo Alto ComTech, the “iCu” virus affects your iPhone and iPad device simply by opening an iMessage. Hundreds of thousands of iPhone users have already been infected according to researchers. The “iCu” text message virus struck iPhone users in China and parts of Russia this past weekend spreading across all mobile networks. Officials believe the virus originated in Beijing.
The “iCu” virus revolves around infecting iOS devices which secretly collects call logs, phone book contacts, photos and text messages. Once the virus attacks these elements of the iPhone, the virus sends out mass text messages to every available number in the phone book. The message is sent from the user’s iPhone and is received as originating from the recipient to the uninfected device. The virus sends a message reading, “Hi” and once the user responds, the virus replies with “iCu”. Once the virus detects the user has read the message, the iPhone becomes instantly infected.
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