updated 03:50 pm EST, Wed March 10, 2010
Vodafone Spain sells HTC Magic with trojan, more
Vodafone Spain was recently found to have accidentally shipped HTC Magic handsets infected with a trojan virus called Mariposa. Other malware was also found on the handsets, and the harmful software tried to gain access to a user's computer when the phones synced with it. Vodafone has publicly stated that the problem was an isolated one in the local Spanish market, and was found out because an HTC Magic buyer happened to work for a Spanish anti-virus company, Panda Security.
Panda Security researcher Pedro Bustamante said the malware contacts its "home base" for further instructions. Also found on the handset in question was Confiker and a Lineage password-stealing code, says Panda. No other HTC Magic handsets from Vodafone were found to be infected with this malware.
The Magic is no longer offered by Vodafone, although for reasons unrelated to the spyware infection. [via RegHardware]