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Thursday, June 17, 2004


BlueTooth HP Virus

The first handphone virus to be detected was the Timofonica::Spaminator, this was detected in 2000. Being a worm it only sends unwanted, unsolicited and insulting messages to handphones via computers. Dealing with it was easy, the insulting messages just needed to be deleted and sent to the trash bin. It is more an irritant, like a pesky mosquito which needs a smack. It does no damage to files or to the handphones in any way.

The new handphone virus, the Cabir::Caribe, is something else. The Russians have discovered it sometime ago. It is a worm that runs under Symbian operating system. The worm is able to replicate from one device to another using Bluetooth. That is it can be transmitted from one handphone to another without the need of a computer. the virus had been made by a computer expert called "Vallez", who is thought to be part of the infamous 29a international group of virus writers who specialise in proving that certain concepts - such as a phone-to-phone virus - are possible.

The Guardian has also reported on this ::
The Cabir virus is designed to attack the top-of-the-range models of brands such as Nokia which use the common operating system Symbian.
It is disguised as part of the phone's own security software. Once inside, it activates the wireless information transfer system known as Bluetooth.
Each time the phone is turned on it searches for other phones nearby with Bluetooth and then sends itself to the first of them. While it is active the phone's screen displays the name of its security software, Caribe, and is inoperable.


Although the Cabir does not have any malicious effect of its own, viral experts say it is only a matter of time before programmers adapt it to damage phones or have them call premium rate numbers or send nuisance text messages and it could spark the creation of a series of other really dangerous and damaging handphone viruses in the future. So those of you considering upgrading your handphones, you might want to avoid those using the Symbian system and are BlueTooth enabled and think again.


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