Auto dialing viruses in some Windows smartphone games

According to Lookout, security firm specializing in mobile devices: Hackers have planted viruses, that automatically dial premium rate telephone services, in video games for smartphones running on Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system.

According to John Hering, CEO Lookout, the games – like 3D Anti-Terrorist and PDA Poker Art – are available on sites that provide legitimate software for mobile devices, but are still posing risk to users , as hackers have embedded auto dialing viruses in the games.

The games are bundled with malicious software that automatically dial premium-rate telephone services in Somalia, Italy and other countries, sometimes ringing up hundreds of dollars in charges in a single month. The services are run by the programmers who built the tainted software, according to Lookout.

Victims generally do not realize they have been infected until they get their phone bills and see hundreds of dollars of unexpected charges for those premium-rate services.

Microsoft is aware of the problem and investigating it.

The general advice from Microsoft to users in view of the recent threat is:
--to follow all of the steps of the 'Protect Your Computer' guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software (for guidance on protection from viruses, visit ). --------

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