First Smartphone Worm Discovered
from the great dept
It's no surprise that this was coming, as many have been predicting it for quite some time, but an antivirus company today announced the first known computer worm for a smartphone. It doesn't sound all that likely to spread - as it only works on Symbian phones, and uses Bluetooth connections to travel. It tries to detect other Bluetooth phones and then jumps to the new phone. Still, it's a noteworthy moment, and we can expect many more smartphone worms and viruses to be on their way. It won't be long until you'll need anti-virus software for your phone as well, or you may discover that your phone starts calling people in your phonebook randomly. Of course, with that in mind, it kind of makes you wonder if it wouldn't make sense for anti-virus firms to fan the flames of just such a virus to open up a new line of business for themselves.