June 16, 2004
Cell phone virus

This was bound to happen sooner or later.

The first ever computer virus spread by mobile phones has been sent to anti-virus firms.

No infections have been reported and the worm is harmless but it is proof that mobiles are at risk from virus writers.

The worm, known as Cabir, infects phones and devices running the Symbian operating system.

Anti-virus firms are divided on whether it will open the floodgate to similar viruses.

I lean more towards "yes" on the floodgate question, but I'll be happy to be proven wrong. Via Rafe Colburn.

UPDATE: Simson Garfinkel thinks this is a big deal.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 16, 2004 to Technology, science, and math | TrackBack

My biggest surprise was the operating system they chose to hack. Symbian, not Microsoft.

As to floodgates, I side with you Kuff. Spammed pr0n texting at 0300 - I can't wait.

Posted by: Charles M on June 16, 2004 3:29 PM

As phones become more like personal computers they are going to become a bigger target. Combine this with little or no security and they are the perfect froma hackers point of view.

Posted by: Marissa on February 18, 2005 9:30 AM