Viruses Find A New Host: Cell Phones
November 30th, 2003
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A post by Timothy on Slashdot draws attention to a New York Times article on cell phone viruses:

The dangers posed by viruses as 3G and text-messaging become more common, inluding an incident in ’01 where numerous phones in Japan began calling 110 (equivalent to 911 in the U.S.). Wired mentions 13M vulnerable phones in Japan alone.” (And that was a few years ago.) — Slashdot.

“The danger to mobile phone networks is probably five times bigger than with personal computers because very few people are focused on this problem now,” said Andrew Cole, senior vice president at Adventis, a Boston-based consultant specializing in telecommunications issues. “The dominant form of messaging is going to be cell-to-cell, so this could escalate very rapidly and overload phone networks. What if viruses phone 911 randomly?” — New York Times


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