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RE: Symbian S60/Mobile Security: Malware and Spyware attacks in the wild?
From: "Murda Mcloud" <murdamcloud () bigpond com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 06:34:49 +1000

Hey Pranav-your story is anecdotal too. I don't have access to hard data
which points to rampant phone viruses and as you have said, be careful what
you install.

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Pranav Lal
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 3:30 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Symbian S60/Mobile Security: Malware and Spyware attacks in
the wild?

Murda,
<snip This may be anecdotal, but I don't know anyone who has ever had a
virus on a
symbian based (or any other) phone. Unlike people who use PC's.
PL] a colleague of mine had left his Bluetooth in able on his mobile
phone.
At some point, he received a Bluetooth message from an infected device.
He
unconsciously answered yes. Needless to say, his phone was infected. I am
not sure if a phone antivirus would have helped. With mobile phones, my
own
belief is that as long as you are careful about what to install and
insure
that you have connectivity options disabled unless you are using them,
you
don't really need any other security application.

Pranav
-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On
Behalf Of Murda Mcloud
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:57 AM
To: 'Sven Aluoor'; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Symbian S60/Mobile Security: Malware and Spyware attacks in
the
wild?

Here's good place to start:

http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/viruses.htm

I think that pirated software is a most risky proposition-as with
anything
where the user initiates installation.

Personally, I think there is a greater risk of having your phone stolen
and
your data compromised than anything else.

This may be anecdotal, but I don't know anyone who has ever had a virus
on a
symbian based (or any other) phone. Unlike people who use PC's.


-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com
[mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Sven Aluoor
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7:27 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Symbian S60/Mobile Security: Malware and Spyware attacks in
the
wild?

Hi folks

I have a few questions regarding Symbian Security (and general mobile
security):

- Why there are virus scanners for Symbian? Are they
useful? What countermeasures they implement? Or they make only the
vendors rich?

- What are common attacks on Symbian based devices?

- How to harden a Symbian mobile phone?

- Are there malware and spyware in the wild?

- When I would download pirated software for Symbian, what is the
risk?

kind regards
Sven


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