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Kaspersky Lab reported the first case of infection of a mobile telephone by the Cabir.a
Kaspersky Lab reported on Thursday that the first case of infection of a mobile telephone by the Cabir.a web virus has been registered in Russia. The worm attacked a Nokia Bluetooth telephone, reports Finansoviye Izvestia. Though this version of Cabir.a is harmless, anti-virus specialists expect aggressive modifications of the virus to appear and a new epidemic to hit soon. The Cabir epidemic began in June 2004, and Russia has become the ninth country to be affected by it. Mobile phones with the Cabir.a worm have been registered in Singapore, the Philippines, the UAE, China, India, Finland, Turkey and Vietnam. Kaspersky Lab reports that it received a request for help from the owner of an infected Nokia 7610 phone. The virus does not damage the phone or its software and only replicates on Symbian smartphones. After infiltrating the phone, the virus "registers" itself in the operating system and enters the mobile's memory every time the phone is used. The only unpleasantness from it is the recurring sign Caribe on the screen (the virus masks as the Caribe Security Manager). After becoming part of the phone, the virus uses the Bluetooth system to scan all other Bluetooth equipment in a 10-meter range, trying to send itself to the next victim. Cabir does not distinguish which Bluetooth equipment it is trying to attack. Yekaterina Nikolayeva, a PR spokesperson at Symantec, said the only damage from the virus is the need to charge the phone more often, as Bluetooth equipment's energy consumption is quite significant. However, experts are recommending users to take note of the problem. Sergei Sidorov, a PR representative of Nokia in the CIS countries, warns: "The Cabir code was posted on the Internet and somebody might use it to create a really dangerous program."
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