Viruses on Cellphones Not Yet Serious Threat

Viruses are just starting to hit cellphones. The main targets are Symbian platforms, rather than PocketPC or Palm devices. No surprise here--virus authors head for the most widespread platforms, to maximize their ROI.

For the moment, cellphone viruses are rare and new. About ten have appeared over the last four or five months, and they are pretty innocuous. It's very hard to get infected. The user has to specifically accept a series of requests. So for the moment, the threat isn't something to worry about.

It looks as if during 2005, cellphone virus authors will be developing their, er, craft. Expects viruses on cellphones to be a practical problem in 2006.

With thanks to Sophos' Steve Munford for his help.

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