Teenage researcher develops first malware for mobile Firefox OS

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He is only 17-years-old, but independent security researcher Shantanu Gawde has become the first person to infect the newly released mobile Firefox OS with malware.

A few weeks from now at Ground Zero Summit in India, Gawde will show how he can give commands to remotely access the phone's SD card, remotely transfer all contacts, upload and download pictures music and videos, track users' geographic location, and control radio functions.

This is a serious threat because there is no way of detecting or stopping the attack, according to Gawde.

The ZTE Open is the first smartphone to be shipped out containing the Firefox OS, which is a Linux-based open-source operating system featuring HTML5-based applications. 

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