Hobbes.A pretends to be a pirated copy of Symantec Anti-Virus for Symbian phones. The installation package contains texts that instruct user to reboot after installation.
The corrupted binary in Hobbes.A causes OS to fail at boot so that none of the system applications are started. This means that all smartphone functionalities are disabled, calling and receiving calls on the phone works as normal.
Users who have a phone that is infected with Hobbes.A must not reboot their phone, as the damage caused by Hobbes.A is activated only on reboot.
Installation to system
When installed to the system the Hobbes.A installs corrupted version of FExplorer trying to disable FExplorer file manager, but fails as it installs it into incorrect directory.
Hobbes.A also installs several recognizer components to C: and E: drives, one of the components is a corrupted version of legitimate application which is missing it's other components and thus crashing on boot on older Symbian versions.
Spreading in: Symantec.SIS
Crashes the operating system application loading mechanism on reboot. Thus preventing applications menu or other programs from starting-
Exact detection was published in March 14th, 2005 in database build number 36.