Photos: Inside the antivirus control centre

Photos: Inside the antivirus control centre

Summary: gets to the bottom of mobile phone virus claims, inside F-Secure's Helsinki HQ

TOPICS: Security

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  • Test site: Following recent headlines about the issue of mobile phone viruses, and strong disagreement with some of F-Secure's claims from other industry experts, Hypponen introduces us to the steel vault in which the company tests actual mobile phone viruses.

    "Nobody is allowed to take a phone in here," he explains, as the company's techies will be deliberately infecting Nokia handsets while they are in the vault and understandably don't want those infections to leave the strictly controlled laboratory conditions. A few headlines about 'hype' is one thing; starting an outbreak is the kind of PR they could certainly do without.

  • The writing's on the wall: The door says it all.

  • What does this button do? Inside the vault, Jarno Niemelä, senior antivirus researcher, launches versions of Cabir on Nokia handsets, in the hope that other people won't make the same mistake by understanding these rarely seen viruses more closely and observing them spread.

    As one phone becomes infected via bluetooth, the others chirp into action, one-by-one, announcing that they too have become infected in a viral 'domino effect'.

Topic: Security

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