Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Commwarrior claims 1st corporate victim

Yep, that phone virus story just keeps on surfacing, and for those sceptics that think this is nothing to worry about, try this one on for size.

In what is believed to be the first ever serious outbreak of a mobile-phone virus in a company, an outbreak of the Commwarrior.B virus occured at an unnamed Scandinavian company last Wednesday according to F-Secure. According to analysts, "This is the first time a mobile virus has infected an organization, and it's a particularly nasty version of Commwarrior, as it just doesn't give up."

Commwarrior targets mobile phones that use the Symbian Series 60 operating system, and the bug spreads using Bluetooth and multimedia messaging technology, or MMS. One of the employees at the company in question apparently received Commwarrior.B via MMS and then activated it by opening the program. "The virus then sent itself to every address in the address book; it was opened by more employees, who activated it, and it spread.

Same old social engineering tricks catching out people - its just the device that's changed!

See also Phone virus outbreak at Helsinki games and First mobile phone virus site launched
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