The Symbian OS Virus.. Myth or Reality?

by Glenn Letham

Several variations seem to have come to light. For example, SymbOS.Lasco.A is transmitted through Bluetooth as a .sis file - See this website
Then there's SymbOS.Cabir, a proof-of-concept worm that replicates on Series 60 phones. This worm repeatedly sends itself to the first Bluetooth-enabled device that it can find, regardless of the type of device. We listed some details in a recent article.

Symbian experts like Steve Litchfield simply say bogus... "no-one can pass a virus to your Symbian smartphone over Bluetooth without your knowledge" - so why then is there PR just about every day that cites something to the effect of Symbian device users beware.... Panic.. you bet... hype... you bet. However, to be safe excercise good judgement and smart computing or blutoothing (is that really a word??).

If it helps, here's some useful tools for Symbian device users looking for protection...

SimWorks
F-Secure
Trend Micro Mobile Security

Have you ever contracted a virus on your Symbian device? If so I'd love to hear from you.