R U Infected? Mobile Phone Virus Cured!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MacDawg, Jun 20, 2004.

  1. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  2. russed macrumors 68000

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    oh dear, i can see us having to buy annual subscriptions for norton for symbian soon. there will be virii being released on a daily basis and we will be seeing bucket loads of useless phones. maybe is is nokia's plan then! release virii that render phones useless so people have to buy new phones as they are not at the moment
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Direct link to TSG's Phone Safe :

    Looks like making the first version free slipped through the cracks. OTOH *no one* had downloaded it when I checked. :p I like how it claims protection for all known viruses; at least it offers 12 mos of upgrades to back that up....

    What I'm surprised about, honestly, is how quiet the big BT handset mfr'rs are. I couldn't find *anything* about this on Nokia's website, and I'm guessing Nokia sells a pretty large percentage of BT-enabled phones, since it seems like almost every BT phone on the market is either a Nokia or a Sony-Ericsson....
     
  4. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    I guess that's a pretty easy claim when there is only one known virus! Apparently it wasn't so widespread, or else people weren't too bothered by it. Some might not even know they have it! :) They might be virus carriers and not know it. Would it be possible to configure BT to check for a virus before it connects?

    Oh, I forgot... I don't have any BT devices anyway :rolleyes:
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Alsso Cabir is totally innocent...it doesn't do anything except propogate itself and drop a splash screen on your phone.
     
  6. Sayer macrumors 6502a

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    As a proof of concept, maybe, but most coders don't stop with a proof of concept.

    Some old-school Mac virii were "innocent" and yet they had bugs in them that could cause crashes leading to data loss or corrupted disks. I don't think I'd call anything that "infects" any device and spreads (taking up resources from people paying real money for said services) totally harmless.
     

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