The BlackBerry Spyware, which intercepts email and drains battery life quickly, was pushed as an update to BlackBerry's on the Etisalat network. Sent to users as a wide-area protocol (WAP) message, the Java file intercepts data and sends a copy to a server without the user's knowledge.
Joseph W. Hagin, Vice Chairman of SMobile and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff who first introduced smartphones into the White House noted, "We are entering the time period that everyone knew would come; when smartphones are becoming infected just as we've seen with personal computers."
"This incident is yet another example of why all smartphones need to be protected with security software, such as Antivirus and firewall." said Neil Book, president of SMobile Systems.
Daniel V. Hoffman, chief technology officer of SMobile, and author of the book ""Blackjacking: Security Threats to Blackberry, PDAs, and Cell Phones in the Enterprise" added, "The truth about smartphones is that they are used in the same manner as personal computers and are susceptible to the same threats. It has become clear that smartphone users need to proactively ensure their devices contain the necessary security software to protect not only their e-mail and messaging data, but also to protect their identity and the integrity of their mobile financial transactions"
BlackBerry and other smartphone users can easily go to smobilesystems.com to purchase SMobile Security Shield or Anti-Theft and Identity Protection software to remove this and other BlackBerry and smartphone spyware threats. Existing SMobile customers need only ensure their software contains the latest security updates to receive protection.
SMobile (www.smobilesystems.com) headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, currently offers the most comprehensive suite of security and parental control applications on the market for consumer, business and government smartphone users.
About SMobile SMobile, Inc. has created the first and only complete line of products and services that securely protect mobile phones and the global wireless infrastructure from hackers, viruses, data compromise, unauthorized data theft and the effects of lost or stolen devices. The company's security applications include virus and malware detection, text message and data filtering, prevention of unwanted messages from interrupting the user, spam blocking, enterprise management, protection for mobile professionals from harmful data on open networks and data security and password-protection for content and files. SMobile is headquartered in Columbus, OH with facilities in Fort Lee, N.J., Dortmund, Germany, and Pune, India. The company is privately held.