Mobile virus threat looms large

Tuesday, 28 January 2003, 11:52 AM EST

Mobile phones and handheld computers are becoming a tempting target for virus writers, warn experts.

By 2005 anti-virus experts expect that customers of one or more mobile networks will have been struck by a malicious program designed to exploit security failings on portable devices.

By that date experts believe newer third-generation phones will be popular and handheld computers more powerful, making them susceptible to the tricks that help viruses infect desktop computers.

Anti-virus firms caution telecommunication operators and handset makers to prepare now how they will deal with any outbreak to avoid the crippling financial and public relations costs of subjecting customers to a virus.

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