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
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
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
* 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.