TITLE

Cellphone Viruses: How Worried Should You Be?

AUTHOR(S)
Krapf, Eric
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Jul2004, Vol. 34 Issue 7, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on cellphone viruses. In what some fear could be a harbinger of worse attacks, a virus struck smart phones last month. The particular attack, dubbed "Cabir," was benign in that it didn't do any actual damage; it just spread. Cabir used the Bluetooth specification to spread among phones that use the Symbian operating system, according to reports. There was some uncertainty as to whether Cabir was the first cellphone virus to spread "in the wild." Cell phone viruses can spread in other ways as well. A ring tone could likely carry malicious code, and thus could infect a cell phone when the user downloads that type of file. A virus could also be spread via an email attachment if a cell phone were connected to an infected PC. Some coverage depicted Cabir spreading almost like a real virus as though a person could be walking down the street, spreading the infection through the air wherever a person go.
ACCESSION #
13771390

 

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