First Cell-Phone Virus Just a Test

Cabir, the first virus to infect cell phones , was not designed to propagate massively, but rather to demonstrate that these kinds of devices can be infected by malicious code.

“This is a proof-of-concept worm,” Patrick Hinojosa, CTO of Panda Software, told NewsFactor. “We won’t see it spread very rapidly, because there are a number of physical limitations to keep it from mass replicating.”

The Cabir code spreads to devices that run on the Symbian OS, which is used in many models of phones, including some manufactured by Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericcson.