Virus infects cell phones

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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 attacks".

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 phones.

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.
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    On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:15:28 -0400, "Tim" <tingyw@yahoo.com> wrote:

    <SNIP>

    And how does it get on you're phone ?

    Its ANOTHER fake
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    ß Ø ® G wrote:
    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:15:28 -0400, "Tim" <tingyw@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > <SNIP>
    >
    > And how does it get on you're phone ?
    >
    > Its ANOTHER fake

    So you don't have a symbian driven WAP/GPRS/GSM phone which enables you to
    browse the web & download Java applets then....

    It is perfectly possible for a Symbian phone to have a virus directed at it,
    it's just another case for practising safe hex.

    You seem to forget such phones a basically lowish powered dedicated
    computers.

    Mind you my 3650 has more computing power than my old & trusty PS2 which
    had 640k memory & 2 720 floppy drives, with a green screen as well, those
    were the days, didn't have any viruses then, just bad floppy disks...
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    "Tim" <tingyw@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:GNIzc.25250$7H1.840964@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > 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 attacks".
    >
    > 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 phones.
    >
    > 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.
    >
    >

    wow, the first time something like this is not a hoax for a change

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/epoc.cabir.html
  4. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.nokia (More info?)

    ß Ø ® G wrote:
    > And how does it get on you're phone ?

    You seem to be living in the past. Today's smartphones have open platforms
    for native and Java applications. Try Google with open+mobile+platforms.

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    On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:37:40 +0300, "Tero Lehto"
    <tero-news23@lehto.net> wrote:

    >ß Ø ® G wrote:
    >> And how does it get on you're phone ?
    >
    >You seem to be living in the past. Today's smartphones have open platforms
    >for native and Java applications. Try Google with open+mobile+platforms.


    ok reading this makes me think, what fool would install a sis file
    thats sent to them by bluetooth from a strange source

    Cabir replicates over bluetooth connections and arrives to phone
    messaging inbox as caribe.sis file what contains the worm. When user
    clicks the caribe.sis and chooses to install the SIS file the worm
    activates and starts looking for new devices to infect over bluetooth

    but then again what fool opens an e mail attachment from a stranger as
    well :)
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    On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 00:21:14 +0100, "JP" <jp@jp.com> wrote:

    >
    >"Tim" <tingyw@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >news:GNIzc.25250$7H1.840964@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >> 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 attacks".
    >>
    >> 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 phones.
    >>
    >> 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.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >wow, the first time something like this is not a hoax for a change
    >
    >http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/epoc.cabir.html
    >


    I still don't think it's a virus, more like a bluetooth test for the
    stupid
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    ß Ø ® G wrote:
    > On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:37:40 +0300, "Tero Lehto"
    > <tero-news23@lehto.net> wrote:
    >
    >> ß Ø ® G wrote:
    >>> And how does it get on you're phone ?
    >>
    >> You seem to be living in the past. Today's smartphones have open
    >> platforms for native and Java applications. Try Google with
    >> open+mobile+platforms.
    >
    >
    > ok reading this makes me think, what fool would install a sis file
    > thats sent to them by bluetooth from a strange source
    >
    > Cabir replicates over bluetooth connections and arrives to phone
    > messaging inbox as caribe.sis file what contains the worm. When user
    > clicks the caribe.sis and chooses to install the SIS file the worm
    > activates and starts looking for new devices to infect over
    > bluetooth
    >
    > but then again what fool opens an e mail attachment from a stranger
    > as well :)

    There are plenty out there (not hundreds, not thousands, but millions)
  8. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.nokia (More info?)

    On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 00:10:28 +0100, ß Ø ® G wrote:

    > On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:37:40 +0300, "Tero Lehto"
    > <tero-news23@lehto.net> wrote:
    >
    >>ß Ø ® G wrote:
    >>> And how does it get on you're phone ?
    >>
    >>You seem to be living in the past. Today's smartphones have open platforms
    >>for native and Java applications. Try Google with open+mobile+platforms.
    >
    >
    > ok reading this makes me think, what fool would install a sis file
    > thats sent to them by bluetooth from a strange source

    The same fools which unquestioningly accept any ActiveX downloads which
    may be offered for Internet Explorer.

    > Cabir replicates over bluetooth connections and arrives to phone
    > messaging inbox as caribe.sis file what contains the worm. When user
    > clicks the caribe.sis and chooses to install the SIS file the worm
    > activates and starts looking for new devices to infect over bluetooth
    >
    > but then again what fool opens an e mail attachment from a stranger as
    > well :)

    See above.

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    On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 23:09:18 +0100, Kráftéé wrote:

    > Mind you my 3650 has more computing power than my old & trusty PS2 which
    > had 640k memory & 2 720 floppy drives, with a green screen as well, those
    > were the days, didn't have any viruses then, just bad floppy disks...

    Oh yeh they did ... falling-letters, "Your computer is now stoned,
    legalize cannabis", little ambulances going across the screen, and other
    golden-oldie DOS viruses.

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    Michael Turner

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    "michael turner" <zvxr.gheare1963@ivetva.arg> wrote in message
    news:pan.2004.06.17.15.16.15.507000@ivetva.arg...
    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 23:09:18 +0100, Kráftéé wrote:
    >
    > > Mind you my 3650 has more computing power than my old & trusty PS2
    which
    > > had 640k memory & 2 720 floppy drives, with a green screen as well,
    those
    > > were the days, didn't have any viruses then, just bad floppy disks...
    >
    > Oh yeh they did ... falling-letters, "Your computer is now stoned,
    > legalize cannabis", little ambulances going across the screen, and other
    > golden-oldie DOS viruses.

    I liked the old washing machine virus that I got an an old 8088, especially
    the spin cycle that thrashed the floppy drive for 20 minutes.

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    michael turner wrote:
    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 23:09:18 +0100, Kráftéé wrote:
    >
    >> Mind you my 3650 has more computing power than my old & trusty
    >> PS2 which had 640k memory & 2 720 floppy drives, with a green
    >> screen as well, those were the days, didn't have any viruses then,
    >> just bad floppy disks...
    >
    > Oh yeh they did ... falling-letters, "Your computer is now stoned,
    > legalize cannabis", little ambulances going across the screen, and
    > other golden-oldie DOS viruses.

    No they didn't as there was no where for them to be stored & run from, in
    those days you didn't have any permanent storage on the PC, it was all run
    from floppies, (those were the days)
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    On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 23:34:01 +0100, Kráftéé wrote:

    > michael turner wrote:
    >> On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 23:09:18 +0100, Kráftéé wrote:
    >>
    >>> Mind you my 3650 has more computing power than my old & trusty
    >>> PS2 which had 640k memory & 2 720 floppy drives, with a green
    >>> screen as well, those were the days, didn't have any viruses then,
    >>> just bad floppy disks...
    >>
    >> Oh yeh they did ... falling-letters, "Your computer is now stoned,
    >> legalize cannabis", little ambulances going across the screen, and
    >> other golden-oldie DOS viruses.
    >
    > No they didn't as there was no where for them to be stored & run from, in
    > those days you didn't have any permanent storage on the PC, it was all run
    > from floppies, (those were the days)

    Mind you some machines did have those clunky old 5meg and 10meg Rodime,
    Miniscribe, etc, 5.25 in drives.

    And those viruses where usually found on floppies which contained
    pirated software, especially prevalent on college and university campusses.

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    michael turner <zvxr.gheare1963@ivetva.arg> wrote:

    >The same fools which unquestioningly accept any ActiveX downloads which
    >may be offered for Internet Explorer.
    >

    That's not so easy as many/most commercial websites don't work if you
    disable active-x


    Peter.
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    On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:42:27 +0100, Peter <nowhere@anon.com> wrote:

    >
    > michael turner <zvxr.gheare1963@ivetva.arg> wrote:
    >
    >>The same fools which unquestioningly accept any ActiveX downloads which
    >>may be offered for Internet Explorer.
    >>
    >
    >That's not so easy as many/most commercial websites don't work if you
    >disable active-x

    Just install JavaCool's SpywareBlaster - has a list of banned ActiveX
    and stops IE from installing them

    >
    >
    >Peter.


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    On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 09:42:27 +0100, Peter wrote:

    >
    > michael turner <zvxr.gheare1963@ivetva.arg> wrote:
    >
    >>The same fools which unquestioningly accept any ActiveX downloads which
    >>may be offered for Internet Explorer.
    >>
    >
    > That's not so easy as many/most commercial websites don't work if you
    > disable active-x

    I've never had any problems and my browser don't even have ActiveX.
    www.opera.com.

    Sure you're not getting ActiveX mixed up with JavaScript ?

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