Infecting A Policeman’s Phone

I’ve been a bit skeptical of the danger of mobile phone viruses — at least for the time being — but I had to chuckle at this one.

Mikko Hypponen, director research at F-Secure tells in a recent email of giving a presentation on mobile viruses at Interpol’s 6th International Conference on Cyber Crime in Cairo, Egypt. There

one of the local police officers approached me. He wanted to ask about suspicious activity on his Nokia 6600.

I had a look and – get this – his personal phone was infected with Cabir.B! So basically, he was walking around the secure conference area with a live virus on his phone while dozens of people from all over the world were constantly walking around him.

Mikko says that brings to 16 the number of countries where the Cabir worm — Cabir is a worm that runs on Symbian Series 60 devices and replicates over Bluetooth. It comes to phones messaging inbox as caribe.sis file, that contains the worm — has been sighted.

Indeed, Cabir is nearly a year old. Since then several other Symbian worms and viruses have been found. Check out this list. I don’t see this as a major threat, but if true, it’s funny that at least one cop is walking around a cybersecurity conference with an infected phone.

News: Nokia Confirms N-Gage Cracked

 Nokia has confirmed a story doing the rounds yesterday: that hackers have cracked the copy-protection codes for its newly launched N-Gage gaming device, allowing copied games to be downloaded over the Web, according to Reuters.
Nokia has high hopes for N-Gage, aiming to challenge market leader Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance. A vital part of the revenue from N-Gage will come from games, which are sold separately, but Nokia said it did not expect the illegal downloads to become widespread. The cracked versions of the games can in principle be installed and played on any phone that uses the same basic operating software, Series 60, used in N-Gage. Other models include Siemens’s SX1.