A worm for Symbian phones that spreads via Bluetooth has been discovered by Kaspersky Labs, raising substantial concerns in the mobile industry. Cabir, as this specimen has been called, has no payload and is technologically very simple, but spreads through initiating a Bluetooth connection with another phone.
This doesn’t mean that you could infect your Series 60-based mobile with a virus or worm just by walking within 30 meters of an infected handset – you would have to accept delivery of the file. Although this seems like a fairly conclusive reason why a Bluetooth virus would find it difficult to spread, the rapid spread of worms throughout the internet does demonstrate that some people are daft enough to open any sort of attachment and instal it on their PCs etc.
A group of virus writers called 29a are suspected of releasing the worm, with their previous “hit” being the Rugrat virus. 29A don’t write malicious worms, preferring to prove the concept.
Anti-virus software manufacturers must love guys like 29a. No doubt in the near future you can look forward to downloading antivirus software to your mobile, from your usual ringtones and wallpaper provider – I’d better get working on that “Mobile Phone Anti-Virus Software Market Now Worth US$1 Billion” headline.