First Worm Targeting Smartphones Discovered

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Some experts have warned that as more and more smartphones and handhelds are wirelessly connected to the Internet, the danger from viruses continues to grow. However, up to this point there has never been a genuine virus targeting mobile devices spread over the Internet.

However, the day when the first one appears may have moved a bit closer. According to ComputerWorld, a Russian anti-virus firm called Kaspersky Labs Ltd. believes it has found the first computer worm that infects Symbian devices, including ones running Nokia’s Series 60 user interface.

However, this worm doesn’t spread itself over the wireless Internet. Instead, an infected smartphone will attempt to transfer the worm to other devices via Bluetooth.

This worm, named EPOC.Cabir, doesn’t do any damage to devices it infects. However, it does greatly reduce the infected smartphone’s battery life because Bluetooth is constantly in use.

It does not appear that this worm has been released on the general public. Instead, Kaspersky Labs believes that a group of virus writers known as 29a created it to show that it could be done.

A full description of EPOC.Cabir can be found on the Symantec web site.

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