Connectivity Briefs: Kaspersky Labs, HP

Connectivity Briefs: Kaspersky Labs, HP

Russian firm reports first mobile phone worm

Antivirus company, Kaspersky Labs, claims to have discovered the first-ever computer virus capable of spreading over mobile phone networks. Cabir is a network worm that infects phones running the Symbian mobile phone operating system. No infections have been reported. It spreads between mobile phones using a specially formatted Symbian operating system distribution file disguised as a security management utility. When the infected file is launched, the mobile phone’s screen displays the word “Caribe” and the worm modifies the Symbian operating system so that Cabir is started each time the phone is turned on. Once it has infected a mobile phone, Cabir scans for other vulnerable phones using Bluetooth wireless technology and sends a copy of itself, Kaspersky said. The virus did not appear to have any malicious payload, which was consistent with other viruses that were believed to come from the international group of virus writers known as 29a, he said.

HP hits the right note in Opera House deal

HP and the Sydney Opera House have unveiled a strategic partnership that will see the two organisations deploy a range of technology solutions at the landmark venue. The three-year partnership agreement includes financial support for the Opera House as well as the use of HP products and services. Sydney Opera House CEO, Norman Gillespie, said the strengthening of its relationship with HP would enable the Opera House team to build an effective IT solution for its business needs while retaining its core focus on the performing arts. “To operate at a world class level, Sydney Opera House needs to ensure its technology and operations are closely aligned and provide performers and patrons with the most exceptional and efficient venue,” he said.

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