Vodafone Shipped HTC Magic Phones With Malware?
HTC Magic Phones
Vodafone Spain has revealed that at least 3,000 HTC Magic users may have been exposed to the Mariposa malware via the cellphone’s storage.
As per the reports, the carrier had accidentally shipped the infected HTC Magic handsets. But now, it is offering to replace the microSD cards for infected phones. However, as per the security experts, this may not be a perfect solution to isolate the malware from infecting the PCs.
Meanwhile, Vodafone has apologised for this inconvenience to the users. The company also tells that this is an isolated case and limited to the local sector only. This is the first time that a phone has been shipped with a virus inside.
Earlier, the Mariposa botnet had affected over 12,000,000 individual PCs since May 2009. Though the threat was neutralised then, there are still some PCs that are left with the potential hazardous malware. And now, with the microSD cards, the virus could get a nice opportunity to spread its menace.
Vodafone has asked the HTC Magic users to get their memory cards scanned well to avoid any threat to their PCs.