Virus threats on mobile tools

Thursday, 10 October 2002, 11:10 AM EST

The world is definitely moving towards the increasing integration of phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other devices that communicate wirelessly with each other at home, in the office, or through the Internet. will be connected to the Web. Bluetooth and 802.11 promise us the ability to connect to personal computers (PCs), the Internet, your water heater at home and, potentially, even a parking meter or a taxi.

With wireless handsets gaining greater functionality through these emerging technologies, they also become more vulnerable to attacks by viruses. The spread of wireless communication presents new opportunities for hackers, from script kiddies to disgruntled employees to prove their prowess in spreading viruses and malicious codes.

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