Wednesday, September 14, 2005

AloAchoo! The next generation of viruses has hit mobile phones.

Business today Egypt: "Mobile phones can act as organizers, video game consoles or cameras and even allow you to surf the web during downtime. So, it was only a matter of time before viruses started infecting �smartphones� like they do computers.
The intricacy of mobile communication systems is becoming a more alluring playground for those with a penchant for hacking. This summer, a wave of mobile phone viruses spread across the world, including Egypt, affecting smartphones with so-called Symbian operating systems, which use wireless technology such as Bluetooth. Nokia, Siemens and Motorola phones were the hardest hit.
Unlike viruses that spread to computers virtually through the internet and e-mail, security holes in some mobile phones enable viruses to spread and infect nearby handsets. �If a mobile uses Bluetooth, it can transmit a virus to any mobile phone within 10 meters,� says Osama Shoeib, a mobile phone expert in Cairo. �It is exactly like catching a cold!�
Shoeib has heard of a rising number of cases of mobile phone viruses in Egypt, especially in the last month."

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