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SCI/TECH: First Cell Phone Virus Discovered

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posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 04:26 PM
It had to happen sooner or later. Just to show that it could be done, thus demonstrating another vulnerability in part of our infrastructure, some clever programmers have create a virus that can infect cell phones and other mobile devices. This virus is being tested in labs but is not yet "in the wild."

Cabir Virus First To Attack Cell Phones
A new virus called "Cabir" is winning notoriety as the first to attack mobile operating systems. The creators of Cabir have not designed the worm to propagate on a massive scale, but rather to demonstrate that cell phones and PDAs can be infected by malicious code.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

To be attacked and infected, your mobile phone or PDA has to run the Symbian operating system, have the BlueTooth wireless technology enabled, the user must launch the file that is transmitted, and ignore two messages warning that the source of the software is unknown. That may sound tough and unlikely, but since so many computer users in the world are obviously still clicking on email attachments it is dangerous enough. Fortunately this virus was first given to antivirus labs and wireless experts instead of being released into the public. The makes affected include Nokia, Siemens, Sony, and Ericcson. The good news is that this version does not seem to actually do anything really harmful -except run down the device's battery by constantly scanning for other devices to infect. The visible effects on phones are these:

* Displays a message (see the "Technical Details" section), then copies itself to a directory on the phone. (This directory is not visible, by default.)
* Runs from this directory when the phone is restarted, so that it continues to work even if the files are deleted from the APPS directory.

The removal process seems rather "involved" for the casual user.

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posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 04:57 PM
"hello? Hello? HELLO?.......ah...I cant HEAR you....somethings wrong with my phone!"

j/k Spectre.........this news is NOT good news..........not even a little bit. I no longer have hard wired phones, I only have the internet line......I have a cell phone for ALL other uses.....this news SUCKETH!

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 05:06 PM
"Can you hear me now? -Good!"

Your situation is not unique. I know more people my age who have only a cable modem and a cellphone than those with old-fashioned landlines. It really makes sense; why have the extra bill if you rely on a portable phone and have alternate Internet access? My cell phone seems to be more reliable than my home phone anyway, but I have not yet found the willpower to drop it. I don't think my parents could adapt to a new number!

[edit on 15-6-2004 by Spectre]

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 05:15 PM
Awwww, and I just bought a new cell phone... with Nation Wide coverage. Oh well, I have 2 backup phones from previous times

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 05:42 PM
Great find Spectre. Its good news that it aint gonna be on a huge scale as it qouted 'The creators of Cabir have not designed the worm to propagate on a massive scale, but rather to demonstrate that cell phones and PDAs can be infected by malicious code'

Wonder whats next hackers will be able to do


posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 05:53 PM
Great, just great..

I can't wait for me to have to call all my users in, for Updates.

It's ok, I am runnning Service Pack 4 on my Nokia.

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 07:33 AM
"Time to buy some Symbian anti virus software. Let me call IT on my cellph....crap."

Speculation on worm source:

posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 06:54 PM
Cause and effect:

SK Telecom develops WIPI vaccine

The Korea Herald
The country's largest mobile-phone operator, SK Telecom, has developed the industry's first antivirus program for wireless Internet platform for interoperability, Korea's standard for mobile phones, company officials said yesterday.

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Although the 'Cabir' worm was just a proof-of-concept, people are not sitting on their hands developing a software solution. This should be an interesting story to watch as it develops.

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