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Mobile Virus Spreads Through Bluetooth And MMS

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Published: 2005-03-10

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There is a new mobile virus called Commwarrior that uses both Bluetooth and multimedia messaging services (MMS) to spread itself to other phones.

Previously, malicious programs like the Cabir virus made use of a phone's Bluetooth technology. Once a phone was infected, the virus, via Bluetooth, would "search" for other mobile units where it could spread. However, this new mobile virus called Commwarrior uses both Bluetooth and multimedia messaging services (MMS) to spread itself to other phones.

Because of the method Commwarrior uses to infect others, many are considering it to be the first official mobile phone virus. The virus also runs on the mobile OS environment, Symbian Series 60.

The messages say things like "3DGame from me. it is FREE!" and "Nokia RingtoneManager for all models".

Besides placing files Commwarrior files, gathering contact information, and attempting to spread itself to other phones, the amount of damage the mobile virus inflicts is minimal. The area of concern for the security industry stems from Commwarrrior's method of propagation. Because it can make use of both Bluetooth technology and MMS capabilities, spreading itself to other phones is not too difficult.

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