All Fear The Mobile Phone Botnets... That Don't Actually Exist

from the this-again? dept

For many years, we saw stories, usually pushed by security software companies, about how mobile phone viruses were some huge threat that had to be dealt with quickly before they spread around the world. Of course, that hasn't actually happened -- and there are some good reasons why it's unlikely. In fact, it seemed like such stories had been decreasing lately, perhaps in part due to some security firms scolding competitors for mobile virus FUD.

So, we were a bit surprised to see yet another story on the subject, this time suggesting that we're on the verge of (I'm not making this up) a "Cell Phone Zombie Uprising." Some researchers are predicting that mobile phones would be perfect for botnets, though, again it's not clear how that would actually happen, given the limitations of phones. While it is true that phones have become more powerful (and open) over the past few years, there still hasn't been much evidence that viruses and such are a real threat. Most phones are designed well enough to not make it easy for apps to just install themselves -- so consider us skeptical until there's real evidence of a mobile botnet rising.

Filed Under: botnet, fud, mobile, virus


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    Joseph Durnal, 17 Oct 2008 @ 8:05pm

    It is something to think about

    Just like windows & word. The more features they put into anything, the more exploitable it will become. Remember when Microsoft Word Macros could start running Visual Basic code, it opened up tons of awesome features, but turned into a malware writer's dream. Even after that, Microsoft decided to tie the browser to the OS, opening up a whole new can of worms. There will be a big mobile phone worm, it is only a matter of time, but it doesn't bother me much, I actually prefer a simple phone for making phone calls, not a development platform for any type of application someone can dream up!

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