First mobile phone virus detected

16 Jun 2004

Russian anti-virus software house, Kaspersky Labs, has detected the first computer virus designed to attack mobile phones. The worm, which is not thought to pose any immediate threat to users and is currently being analysed by a number of mobile security experts, distributes itself through Bluetooth connections, attacking the Symbian operating system used by several handset manufacturers, including Nokia. The virus has been named ‘Cabir’, and displays the word ‘Caribe’ on the screen of the handset once it has penetrated.