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VIEW: Caribe virus went wild in Cannes
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 19.02.05 - 10:09:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 10465x
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Last week in Cannes, during the 3GSM World Congress, many devices were infected by the Caribe virus, as some online magazines confirmed too. The Caribe virus is a worm virus that infects mobiles running on the Symbian OS, including some manufactured by Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.

Once infected, it begins a continuous search for other Bluetooth devices to send itself to. As a result - if your device is infected - your battery life is significantly reduced, in some cases by up to 50%. The good news is, it's not sending any premium SMS in the background so you are not damaged in terms of financials but anyway - the Caribe is a kind of "proof of concept" for me which clearly shows viruses works on mobile devices and unlike PC viruses, the distribution mechanism is a different since it is using Bluetooth which most modern devices includes.

Later the evening on Wednesday - after a day with many miles and meetings, I met Morten Lund from Bullguard in a pub and he asked me if I have already tested Bullguard Mobile which I hadn't so far because of the lack of time. So I've downloaded it immediately and got my i-mate JAM scanned. You will not believe what Bullguard found on my Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition too: Caribe! 8O

Since I'm using Bluetooth headsets, the Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my Pocket PCs, Bluetooth is always enabled - for sure and also receiving incoming beams was enabled because I've shared my details with others either by IrDA or by Bluetooth. Therefore it was easy to get my device found but as I said in my previous posting about the Bullguard announcement - I wasn't aware that much about getting a virus by Bluetooth. :roll:

Cheers ~ Arne