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Kickstarter for Advanced Mobile Malware - New Carrier Policy Will Drive Malware Innovation

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ImageLate last year, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile together announced that they will no longer offer or support Premium SMS services (with Verizon following shortly after).  Premium SMS supports things like ordering ring-tones, checking horoscopes and all sorts of other things I have never done.  It also supports legions of spammers, shady SMS aggregators and 3rd parties who try to bill people a few dollars here and there and hope they get away with it.  This service has been around for a long time and carriers love(d) it because they received a cut of each transaction. Lookout did a great blog post on how the whole process works (https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2012/10/03/avoid-premium-sms-scams/).