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Thursday, September 01, 2005

First Serious Virus

Oops! Just when the W32.Welchia worm was irritating the heck outta my computer! Can you believe that the time has finally come when we are gonna have to protect our phones too? Not mine though. I still haven't picked up a smartphone :P
Wait till the smartphones start coming with antivirus, is what I say! ;)

The juicy parts from the article:

"This is the first time a mobile virus has infected an organization," Runald said. "It's a particularly nasty version of Commwarrior, as it just doesn't give up."

With Commwarrior.A, an infected phone will spend the period between 8 a.m. and midnight attempting to spread the infection to other phones. Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m, it attempts to delete evidence of its activity.

Commwarrior.B, on the other hand, "will continuously try to send itself for 23 hours out of 24," Runald said. "It's nastier than CommWarrior.A."

One of the employees at the company in question apparently received Commwarrior.B via, and then activated it by opening the program. "The virus then sent itself to every address in the address book; it was opened by more employees, who activated it, and it spread," Runald said.

Norton, Stinger ...Somebody!! There's money to be made here... ;)