Mobile users face growing virus threat

Monday, 3 February 2003, 2:46 PM EST

Protecting mobile devices from viruses could become a big headache for firms over the next couple of years, according to a recent report. However, the good news is that virus writers seem to be paying little attention to mobile platforms at present.

The increasing sophistication of mobile devices and the widespread use of 2.5G and 3G networks could help viruses to cause major problems in the future, according to research from antivirus company McAfee Security.

It predicts that by 2005, a malicious attack on a next-generation phone would have the potential to infect almost a third of mobile users within just three days.

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