[LINK] First mobile phone virus discovered
rick at praxis.com.au
Wed Jun 16 11:00:13 EST 2004
From correspondents in Paris
June 16, 2004
THE first ever computer virus that can infect mobile phones has
been discovered, anti-virus software developers said today, adding
that up until now it has had no harmful effect.
The French unit of the Russian security software developer
Kaspersky Labs said that that virus - called Cabir - appears to
have been developed by an international group specialising in
creating viruses which try to show "that no technology is reliable
and safe from their attacks".
Cabir infects the Symbian operating system that is used in several
makes of mobiles, notably the Nokia brand, and propagates through
the new bluetooth wireless technology that is in several new mobile
If the virus succeeds in penetrating the phone, it writes the
inscription 'Caribe' on the screen and is then activated every
time that the phone is turned on.
It is able to scan for phones that are also using the Bluetooth
technology and is able to send a copy of itself to the first handset
that it finds.
According to the anti-virus software developer F-Secure, the discovery
of Cabir is proof that the technologies are now available to create
viruses for mobile phones and that they are now known to the writers
of computer viruses.
Anti-virus experts have been warning for months that mobile phone
viruses are set to multipy, given the increasingly diverse uses of
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Hrmm ... sounds more like a worm to me.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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That's Vapourware. Is it really any shock that they would want to prevent
customers from using more robust OSs and tools, by offering Vapoursecurity?
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