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A strain of mobile malware targeting Symbian-based phones is "actively infecting" a small number of smartphones, according to security vendor Fortinet. The worm, dubbed Beselo-A, is capable of infecting Symbian S60 devices including, but not limited to, a range of Nokia smartphones (Nokia 6600, 6630, 6680, 7610, N70, and N72 …

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Love is in the AIR

"As with previous mobile malware outbreaks, incidents of infection from the low-risk worm are rare."

Probably because it is so designed ...... to be Exclusive and Selective. A SMART worm offering VXXXXine rather than Virus?

Or would that be something else to look forward to from Flying Finns and Sterling Stirling Vikings flush in the Danegeld Gene Genie and the Teutonic Enigma?

A Rhetorical Question?

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S60 v2 Only

Worth pointing out, I feel. S60v3 handsets not affected. Nor UIQ afaik. Even with v2 you'd have to be a complete muppet and successfully negotiate several installation screens to get infected.

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Muppets

The world is full of muppets, or viruses like Cabir and CommWarrior wouldn't have become widespread. These new viruses (there are two different variants, BTW) work pretty much like CommWarrior.

But, yeah, only S60v2 phones are seriously threatened by viruses for now - and Nokia seems to be aggressively phasing them out. The S60v3 phones are still safe - until somebody figures out that it is possible to forge Symbian signatures using the recently discovered cryptographic attack against MD5, which also works against SHA-1 (which is what Symbian uses).

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