Mobile phone viruses hit South Africa

Whilst attending the Symbian Smart Phone show in London the other month, I was struck by the number of IT security firms exhibiting their wares for mobile phones at the event.

At the time I dismissed the threat of mobile phone viruses as a bit of hype, but it seems that mobile phone viruses really are starting to hit home.

Reports from South Africa - of all places - suggest that the viruses are hit users of smartphones very hard, with the latest crop even being capable of preventing a Symbian-driven handset from rebooting and switching on properly.

According to the virusalert.com Web site, there are about 31 virus families and 170 variants able to do this kind of damage to a mobile phone.

Virusalert.com says that the three smartphone viruses that had been found locally in South Africa were two worms called Cabir and Commwarrior, and a trojan called Skulls.

Cabir isn't so new, but the other two piece of mobile malware are, I think relatively recent arrivals...

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