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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    TX CHL Instructor (profile), 17 Oct 2008 @ 5:06pm

    Android

    The new Google phone isn't going to be all that limited. In fact, a "jailbroken" iPhone will do a pretty good job of running a wide variety of *nix applications.

    In fact, either of those phones has substantially more computing power than the desktop PC of 15 years ago. It's only a matter of time before somebody unleashes all that power via some malware.
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    www.chl-tx.com Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the possibility of getting shot by your intended victim. Nothing.

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