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Mobiles can also get computer worms



Kaspersky Labs, a Russian anti-virus software house, said that it has detected the first ever computer virus that can be distributed via mobile phones. Cabir, the first network worm which propagates via mobile networks infects telephones running Symbian OS.

The virus is transmitted as an SIS file (a Symbian distribution file), but the file is disguised as Caribe Security Manager utility, part of the telephone security software. If the infected file is launched, the telephone screen will display the inscription "Caribe". The worm penetrates the system and will then be activated each time the phone is started. The it scans for all accessible phones using Bluetooth technology, and sends a copy of itself to the first one found.


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Do Kaspersky have a solution for this worm or are they just scaremongering?