'Game virus' bites mobile phones

Wednesday, 11 August 2004, 2:02 PM EST

The virus spreads through an adapted copy of the legitimate Mosquitos game.

It only works on phones with Symbian's Series 60 operating system. Once installed, a hidden program sends SMS texts to premium rate numbers.

It does not do damage and it is not widespread. But owners of infected mobiles may not realise they have it unless they check sent texts or bills.

It can be deleted easily, just like a normal game, although it is thought to be the first mobile virus designed to be malicious.

At the BBC.

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