A new breed of virus targets handheld devices

Wednesday June 07 by Claudia bournecnn
Computer security experts intercepted a new virus designed to attack cell phones with text capabilities, posing a threat to handheld computers, pagers and phones that are exploding in use worldwide. The virus, similar to the Love Letter virus -- also called "ILOVEYOU" -- that recently clogged network computers, was written to target phones on the Telefonica cellular network, three leading antivirus firms said Tuesday. The virus is called "Timofonica." In Spanish, "timo" means "prank." Telefonica, owner of Spain's largest cell phone network, said it had received no reports of problems from its customers. And the antivirus experts suspect they may have caught the virus before it could send prank messages to cell phones.

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