Is spam behind a cell-phone virus?

Monday, 5 May 2003, 5:59 PM EST

The subscribers reporting the problem each owned a Siemens S46 cell phone and said they received the e-mail this week.

Even when they did not open the e-mail, which began "Need Help With International Dialing," what some say could be malicious software hidden inside wiped out the cell phones' address book and e-mail capabilities.

It remains to be seen whether the subscribers were victims of a deliberate attack, which would be among the first in the United States to involve cell phones, or just bad software inside the devices, a representative of German handset maker Siemens said Friday. The S46 uses some of the same Siemens software in two of the company's cell phone models that are available only in Europe and were disabled in March by a wave of possibly malicious e-mails.

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