[ISN] First mobile phone virus discovered

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Date: Wed Jun 16 2004 - 05:47:37 PDT

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     From correspondents in Paris
    June 16, 2004
    THE first ever computer virus that can infect mobile phones has been
    discovered, anti-virus software developers said today, adding that up
    until now it has had no harmful effect.
    The French unit of the Russian security software developer Kaspersky
    Labs said that that virus - called Cabir - appears to have been
    developed by an international group specialising in creating viruses
    which try to show "that no technology is reliable and safe from their
    Cabir infects the Symbian operating system that is used in several
    makes of mobiles, notably the Nokia brand, and propagates through the
    new bluetooth wireless technology that is in several new mobile
    If the virus succeeds in penetrating the phone, it writes the
    inscription 'Caribe' on the screen and is then activated every time
    that the phone is turned on.
    It is able to scan for phones that are also using the Bluetooth
    technology and is able to send a copy of itself to the first handset
    that it finds.
    According to the anti-virus software developer F-Secure, the discovery
    of Cabir is proof that the technologies are now available to create
    viruses for mobile phones and that they are now known to the writers
    of computer viruses.
    Anti-virus experts have been warning for months that mobile phone
    viruses are set to multipy, given the increasingly diverse uses of
    mobile phones.
    Agence France-Presse
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