Spreading Fear and Hype: The MMS Virus
The report on Studio 23's Morning News was enough to terrify the toughest of tech troubadours: a new cellphone virus named CommWarrior that spreads by both Bluetooth and MMS. Worse, once infected, it burns itself into your Series 60's system and makes your phone totally useless. The horror of hype. The CommWarrior is indeed the first MMS virus. It scans your address book and sends MMS messages with a viral payload to your contacts. And it can indeed spread by Bluetooth as well. But first of all, you won't be infected unless you're [a. naive; b. ditzy; c. insert other adjective here] enough to actually say Yes to an attachment that promises "3DGame for me. it is FREE!" What's more, getting rid of this pest is simply a matter of looking for the CommWarrior application on your phone and clearing it and its files in a process similar to that of eliminating a Cabir virus. In fact, CommWarrior isn't even considered as a serious threat. And it certainly won't destroy your Series 60's precious system. If ever you get hit by CommWarrior, sites like Symantec offer easy to follow instructions on how to get rid of it. So what's with the tabloid reporting? The news story featured an interview with a cellphone service technician. Couple the phone service sector's need to make a new round of quick 500 bucks for "virus removal services" with the local media's need to spread fear among the public and you get a potential for Cabir Part II. Don't fall for the hype. Your Series 60 is still safe. And so long as you're not [a. naive; b. ditzy; c. insert other adjective here] enough to actually say Yes to an attachment that promises "3DGame for me. it is FREE!", you shouldn't have any real problems for the long haul.