29-11-04

'Skulls' Virus Disables Smartphone Apps

A new Internet Trojan-type virus is turning some Nokia  smartphones  into plain old dumb phones, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Dubbed "Skulls," the malicious code was spread by Web sites that offer phone users downloads of wallpaper, games, and ring tones.

It targets the Nokia model 7610 phones using Symbian  software. Once in the phone, the program replaces all the icons on the main page with skulls and replaces all the working applications, such as contacts, calendar, notebook with non-working versions so the phone becomes almost useless.

The only things the phone can do is old fashioned -- make and receive calls.

The Finnish anti-virus lab F-Secure said it had produced guidance for users to help them remove the program and get their phones working again.

Taken from wirelessnewsfactor.com

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Maybe it's better to release this 'virus' as an application for some losers who still can't work with a mobile phone...


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