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Peter Ferrie, Frédéric Perriot
Virus Bulletin, April 2005, pp.4-6
ISSN 0956-9979
April 2005

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Eight months ago, Peter Ferrie and Péter Ször asked at the end of their article on SymbOS/Cabir: `What will be next? A mass mailer using MMS?' (see VB, August 2004, p.4). The answer was yes, that is what came next.

SymbOS/Commwarrior.A is the first worm to use MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) technology to spread on cellular phones. Following in the footsteps of Cabir, it also replicates using Bluetooth, though with some improvements in its implementation. This double-pronged approach to replication makes Commwarrior a more likely candidate to be seen in the wild - although, at the time of writing, no such reports have been received.

As with Cabir, Commwarrior replicates only on Nokia Series 60-compatible devices.

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