For some time, the industry has been aware of a theoretical risk that someone will write a virus that attacks mobile phones. This risk seems to become greater as phones get smarter — for example, devices built on platforms such as PalmOS, Windows Mobile, or Symbian — and as phones become more interconnected with Bluetooth.
Unfortunately, people are cynical about this risk, which may cause them to become blasÃ© about the possible threats. This isn’t helped by certain anti-virus companies appearing to “cry wolf” in a self-serving way, such as F-Secure. This tends to blind the market to the very real risks, because the threats today are very small scale and merely proofs of concept — for example, the Caribe/Cabir worm.
… Richi Jennings, with thanks to BullGuard’s Alexander Staun-Rechnitzer