(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Bluetooth Virus

Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Well, it had to happen eventually: the first mobile phone virus has struck, but only effecting people with Bluetooth enabled phones. The ABC reports:
The first computer virus that can infect mobile phones has been discovered by researchers in France. Anti-virus software developers say the virus, called Cabir, appears to have been developed by an international group to show that no technology is safe from attack. 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 some new mobile phones. If the virus succeeds in penetrating a mobile, it writes the inscription 'Caribe' on the screen and is then activated every time 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.
The rundown at Symmantec suggests the virus is pretty weak and not very harmful, but I suspect it is the harbinger of a whole new realm of digital viruses!


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