First worm for mobile phones

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MacDawg, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
    #1
  2. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

    musicpyrite

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Location:
    Cape Cod
    #2
    ahahaha, thats really interesing

    just last moth, i worte and tested a real virus for my ti 83 silver, surprisingly it was not at all hard to do. ;)
     
  3. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
    #3
    Apparently this is only for Bluetooth phones...

    Guess Windows doesn't need a security update for this one :p
     
  4. kgarner macrumors 68000

    kgarner

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Location:
    Utah
    #4
    I think I read that it also only affects phones using the Symbiam series 60 system, or something like that.
     
  5. gallagb macrumors 6502

    gallagb

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Location:
    IN
    #5
    what's next

    Virus' in Bluetooth PDA?

    silly virus makers...

    gosh- can you imagine a virus in your bluetooth mouse or keyboard?
    suddently your keyboard would be typing w/o u doing anything!

    jeepers that'd be kinda amuzing
     
  6. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
    #6

    My wife swears that kind of stuff happens now... :rolleyes:

    Me: "what did you do now?"

    Her: "honest, I didn't do anything, I don't know what happened, it just did it all by itself..."
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Location:
    Andover, MA
    #7
    While I doubt your post was serious, rest assured that you needn't worry about mouse and keyboard viruses. There's no intelligence there, nothing to store programs, nothing to run them - beyond the simple stuff needed to make a connection and send things like "mouse button pressed" or "key 'S'" released.

    Of course, sooner or later, mice and keyboards might very well start to get 'smart' (show different LCD character sets on the keys, etc.), so this might actually be an issue later on.
     
  8. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
    #8
    Of course Bluetooth can be associated with other viruses as well :D

    http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,62687,00.html

    From the article:
    "And now comes "toothing," where strangers on trains and buses and at bars and concerts hook up for clandestine sex by text messaging each other with their Bluetooth-enabled cell phones or PDAs."

    I guess you can choose your Bluetooth virus :p
     
  9. big macrumors 65816

    big

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    #9
    sorry, but that is incorrect, we have documented proof of a virus transferring itself to the ROM in printers, certain keyboards, routers etc etc, even the boot ROM in some PC's, so that no matter what you did, it would always be there, unless you basically replaced the motherboard.

    its scary stuff
     
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Location:
    Andover, MA
    #10
    How do you transfer a virus into Read Only Memory?

    And where might I find the proof?

    Routers, PCs, even maybe printers, I would believe - but RAM not ROM. Keyboards? I'd need proof.

    Now, if you mean "inadvertently got burned into ROM at the factory", that makes some sense. But ROMs aren't going to be aquiring virii in the wild.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #11
    Anyone happen to know if setting the phone to hidden / non-discoverable is sufficient to protect from this virus *looks nervously at his Nokia 3650* :(
     

Share This Page