Unlike most modern malware samples, Cabir
wasn't equipped with a wide range of malicious functions.
Ahmet Akgul, Mete Gursoy, Vedat Bakuy, Ebru Bal Polat, Ibrahim Gurkan Komurcu, Ali Aycan Kavala, Saygin Turkyilmaz, Ilker Murat Caglar *, Yasemin Tekdos **, Mehmet Atay, Senel Altun, Cabir
Gulmaliyev, Seymur Memmedov
Another virus, Cabir
, attacks MMS and can spread itself around the world in a matter of hours.
29A recently wrote the world's first mobile phone virus known as Cabir
virus, a worm that infects mobile phones and replicates through Bluetooth, generated a lot of press last year.
The spread of mobile phone viruses is causing concern as it has only been a year since Britain's first mobile virus - known as Cabir
- was identified.
David Mackey, director of IBM's Security Intelligence, says, "The things we saw in 2004 that were very disconcerting were the fledgling viruses aimed at cell phones and PDAs," such as the Cabir
worm; disconcerting because as the technology in those mobile devices becomes more advanced, there will be "a wider range of vulnerabilities that can allow attackers to exploit them.
At the end of the reporting period, there were 21 known samples of malicious code for mobile applications, up from one-the Cabir
worm-in June 2004.
Analysts are predicting that copycats will use threats such as the Cabir
worm to target new devices.
First mobile phone virus discovered: The Cabir
worm, first seen in June, was a proof of concept mobile phone virus.
This is the same group that claimed responsibility for writing the world's first mobile phone virus, Cabir
Experts have discovered Cabir
-the first internet worm capable of spreading to mobile phones.