ICE virus hoax

Categoría: Bulo de virus Fecha de detección: 19 jul 2005
Tipo: hoax Fecha de actualización: 08 jun 2006

Descripción

En 2005 comenzó a circular por Internet una carta en cadena sugiriendo a los usuarios de teléfonos móviles añadir una entrada con el número de teléfono de la persona a contactar en caso de accidente.

Para la nueva entrada se sugería el nombre "ICE" (del inglés, en caso de emergencia) de manera que los servicios de emergencias pudieran localizarlo.

Esta campaña partió de una iniciativa del servicio de ambulancias en el Reino Unido.

De esta forma comenzó también el bulo que afirmaba que ICE es un virus.

El texto típico del bulo es el siguiente:

Be very careful with this one [ICE]. Although the intention is great, it is unfortunately Phase One of a phone based virus that is laying a path for propagating very quickly. Passing it on is part of the virus. Interestingly, such is the deviousness of the people who write these things.

We have already seen the 'Second Phase' where a program is sent as part of a ringtone download that goes into your addressbook and looks for something it recognises. You've guessed it, an address book entry marked "ICE or I.C.E." or whatever. It then sends itself to the 'ICE list', charging you for the privilege.

Ésta es una variante:

Latest Mobile Phone Scam

I have just received information that there is a new mobile phone scam concerning Pay as You Go (PAYG) Mobiles.

The scam is that you are asked to set up an "In Case of Emergency (ICE) Account" on your PAYG mobile.

Apparently this is a modular system that searches for the word ICE text and then changes your phones setting and takes any PAYG credit left on your phone.

Please ensure that this information is circulated to all staff and please pass on to family and friends

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