I have been studying cell phone related trojans and spyware since April 2010 and it is clear to me this will become an new area of focus for information security professionals. We all use smart phones as they make our lives easier and not just for phone calls, we are now using smart phones for almost everything.
A Smart phone is a perfect all-in-one gadget, it has GPS, Internet access, email and entertainment capabilities. As such we carry them with us almost always and use them based on the occasion or need.
Smart phones vary greatly in terms of design and operating systems. This has forced the Trojan coders to create spyware programs for selected operating systems only such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. In addition, there are many Trojans and spyware applications which only work on certain models and operating systems. The variety of mobile phone models and operating systems has, in some way, limited the distribution and infection rate by mobile phone related Trojans and spyware programs.
However a new threat is now emerging; surveillance and spying tools which utilize cell phone networks for malicious activities. These tools have been used worldwide by security agencies and private investigators for a long time.
But now these tools are available to the public. They are easy to order online and can be delivered directly by courier to your home or office. So now, beside smart phone Trojans and spyware applications there are new tools and devices which could be use for information gathering and reconnaissance by hackers or intruders.
In my studies I found the following product which could be used for malicious activities:
Disclaimer: The following texts and pictures have been copied from uspy.me website.
This SIM device is a special system designed for audio surveillance or monitor by providing regular mobilephone SIM services. It has a magnetized core which helps itself easily fixed on any hidden metal surface.
When the need comes, or unforgettable moment occurs, just dial up the SIM number, it runs silently at any circumstance, and help you capture needed sound of its surrounding.
Its internal battery could provide 2~3 hours working time, with external extra battery, it is capable of constantly running up to 6~7 hours. It is a covert surveillance tool made for everyone.
- Frequency: 900\1800\1900
- Embed microphone, powerful sound receiving effect (Can receive sounds even 10 meters far away from the device)
- 24 hours non-stop power supply
- All GSM SIM card compatible
- Stand-by time: 15 days