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News Roundup: Dialling up mobile phone viruses

As wireless devices grow more sophisticated, they are becoming more vulnerable
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Written by ZDNet UK on

The new 'Timofonica' computer virus spams mobile phones with text messages, and has re-awakened fears about security on wireless devices. ZDNet UK News brings you the latest news and analysis.

News

  • Timofonica virus 'blown out of proportion' -- Thu, 08th Jun 2000
  • Mobile phone viruses could be a real threat, say the UK's mobile phone operators, but the Timofonica worm that appeared earlier this week isn't anything to worry about.

  • Have you got a bug in your ear? -- Wed, 07th Jun 2000
  • A new virus author -- this one apparently upset with the telephone monopoly in Spain -- has decided to reach out and touch cell phone users.

  • Worm hits Europe's mobile phones -- Tue, 06th Jun 2000
  • A computer worm that attacks mobile phones has been detected spreading through Spain by Finnish Anti-Virus vendor F-Secure.

    Analysis

    • Rupert Goodwins: Mobile phone viruses are coming -- Thu, 08th Jun 2000
    • The modern GSM cellphone is a smart terminal on a complicated network with lots of security features, but at heart it is a computer that can download and run software -- get viral code in there, and you've cracked it.

    • Mobile phone worms pose massive threat -- Fri, 19 May 2000
    • Future programmable mobile phones will spawn more virulent and potentially more dangerous computer worms than those seen on today's home computers, predict anti-virus researchers.

      Other resources

      • Access Microsoft Outlook Email Security Updates
      • ZDNet UK's Virus Workshop
      • Special Report: The Love Bug virus
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