SMobile Systems release solution for Etisalat BlackBerry spyware

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I was recently contacted by the good people at SMobile Systems, the providers of the only Antivirus/AntiSpyware solution for BlackBerry, about my article regarding malicious code found in a recent Etisalat update.

SMobile Systems have released a solution for the recent spyware-laden update sent to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in the United Arab Emirates.

The spyware intercepts emails and drains battery life remarkably fast. According to Chris Eng at Veracode, “the server receiving the initial registration packets (i.e. “Here I am, software is installed!”) got overloaded. Devices kept trying to connect every five seconds to empty the outbound message queue, thereby causing a battery drain. Some people were reporting on official BlackBerry forums that their batteries were being depleted from full charge in as little as half an hour.”

If you are in the UAE and on the Etisalat network, I recommend going to the SMobile Systems site and purchasing their SMobile Security Shield or Anti-Theft and Identity Protection software, which will remove the spyware, as well as any other malicious code on your device. If you have already purchased the product, all you need to do is update your software to be protected.

We are living in an age where our smartphones are becoming our personal computers, and therefore the focus of those who want to exploit our personal data in any way they can. Dan Hoffman, CTO of SMobile Systems said it best, “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.”

Security Shield for BlackBerry is available for $35.41 CAD.

Anti-Theft and Identity Protection is available for $29.99 per year.

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  • http://chirashi.zensay.com/ Ch0pstick

    I’ve released a free tool that helps you reveal the Etisalat BB spyware. Once its revealed, you can uninstall it yourself. If you need more info, please visit: http://bit.ly/info/YNFsP

  • http://chirashi.zensay.com Ch0pstick

    I’ve released a free tool that helps you reveal the Etisalat BB spyware. Once its revealed, you can uninstall it yourself. If you need more info, please visit: http://bit.ly/info/YNFsP

  • http://www.berryuae.com/ Berry

    There is only one way to really solve this problem – and that is to reformat (i.e. wipe) your blackberry, and re-install the Operating System. There really is no other solution, as shared by many who were affected by the patch (obviously, more than 300 users).

    Information on how to safely wipe and re-instate your BlackBerry can be found on http://www.berryuae.com. Always backup your device before wiping it. Good luck!

  • http://www.berryuae.com/ Berry

    There is only one way to really solve this problem – and that is to reformat (i.e. wipe) your blackberry, and re-install the Operating System. There really is no other solution, as shared by many who were affected by the patch (obviously, more than 300 users).

    Information on how to safely wipe and re-instate your BlackBerry can be found on http://www.berryuae.com. Always backup your device before wiping it. Good luck!

  • http://www.berryuae.com/ Berry

    There is only one way to really solve this problem – and that is to reformat (i.e. wipe) your blackberry, and re-install the Operating System. There really is no other solution, as shared by many who were affected by the patch (obviously, more than 300 users).

    Information on how to safely wipe and re-instate your BlackBerry can be found on http://www.berryuae.com. Always backup your device before wiping it. Good luck!

  • http://www.berryuae.com/ Berry

    There is only one way to really solve this problem – and that is to reformat (i.e. wipe) your blackberry, and re-install the Operating System. There really is no other solution, as shared by many who were affected by the patch (obviously, more than 300 users).

    Information on how to safely wipe and re-instate your BlackBerry can be found on http://www.berryuae.com. Always backup your device before wiping it. Good luck!

  • http://www.berryuae.com Berry

    There is only one way to really solve this problem – and that is to reformat (i.e. wipe) your blackberry, and re-install the Operating System. There really is no other solution, as shared by many who were affected by the patch (obviously, more than 300 users).

    Information on how to safely wipe and re-instate your BlackBerry can be found on http://www.berryuae.com. Always backup your device before wiping it. Good luck!

  • Pam

    Anyone successfully installed the prod code for Smobile with Etisalat BB 9000? I keep getting Update failed. Please check settings…
    Smobile has thus far been unable to get it to work.

  • Pam

    Anyone successfully installed the prod code for Smobile with Etisalat BB 9000? I keep getting Update failed. Please check settings…
    Smobile has thus far been unable to get it to work.

  • Pam

    I figured out the solution. Go to TCP settings and enter:
    etisalat.ae
    user= (blank)
    password= (blank)

    worked great.

  • Pam

    I figured out the solution. Go to TCP settings and enter:
    etisalat.ae
    user= (blank)
    password= (blank)

    worked great.

  • Steltek

    RIM have released a removal tool for this spyware. Just search for Etisalat Registration Remover.

  • Steltek

    RIM have released a removal tool for this spyware. Just search for Etisalat Registration Remover.

  • wsp88

    I got these 2kb files in my media pic.there are labeled as cartoon pigs there’s ten of them with (pig)file name I can delete them their lock. Has any one seen this?

  • wsp88

    I got these 2kb files in my media pic.there are labeled as cartoon pigs there’s ten of them with (pig)file name I can delete them their lock. Has any one seen this?

  • wsp88

    I got these 2kb files in my media pic.there are labeled as cartoon pigs there’s ten of them with (pig)file name I can delete them their lock. Has any one seen this?

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