All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 04-09-2005, 02:31 PM
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Shame, shame, shame on you

The BBC have published another hype-filled virus scoop. F-Secure again are the villains of the piece, proclaiming the "growing number of viruses that infect handsets", "hopping from phone to phone", predicting that Symbian viruses "will eventually become as big a nuisance as Windows viruses". What rubbish. Read on...

Let's take the three quotes in turn:
1) 'growing'? The number of people infected by Symbian OS malware, worldwide, is probably in the hundreds, maybe thousands at most, usually because the users have been trying out cracked/illegal 'warez' software, either downloaded directly or receiving a helpful Bluetooth beam or MMS from a 'trusted' friend. Even at, say, 5000 infections, that's only 0.01% of Symbian OS smartphones. Hardly reason to panic. With continued awareness of the existence of Symbian OS malware and the dangers of illegal cracked software, the number of infections should actually be dropping.
2) 'hopping from phone to phone'? Oh yes, they conveniently left out the part about the recipient having to explicitly say "yes", they want the incoming connecton, "yes", they want the applications, "yes", they know the application is untrusted, etc. We're talking extreme visibility here, the exact opposite of stealthy Windows viruses that infect without fuss or intervention.
3) 'as big a nuisance as Windows viruses'? Given that an unprotected Windows PC will be infected silently within 2 minutes of first going online, while you're more likely to win your National Lottery than come across a Symbian OS 'virus' first hand, this is plainly nonsense.

Shame on the BBC (I've written to them) for hosting this article. Shame on F-Secure (I've written to them as well) for continuing to put their own software ambitions before plain truth reporting. Shame, shame, shame. In these days of encouraging people to take their first baby steps with the power of Symbian OS, why try and frighten them with stories that have little basis in reality?

Steve Litchfield
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Old 04-09-2005, 03:22 PM
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Well done for informing the BBC, articles like this are tantamount to advertising a completely unecessary product.

It'll be interesting to see what response you get.

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Old 05-09-2005, 01:11 AM
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Really?

My brother works in a phone shop here in Greece and he said he has disinfected hundreds of infected phones this year...mostly Caribe and Comvarrior.

I don't know why users accepted the virus.

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Old 05-09-2005, 11:36 AM
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This is usually the kind of puerile crap they like to spout in the Daily Mail. I wonder how long it will be before some claims their head was infected by a virus from a mobile phone..?
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:04 PM
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Symbian have responded to the increasing level of FUD according to
this Silicon.com article. Lets see how the rest of the press pick up on their comments.

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Old 05-09-2005, 06:35 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by langdona
Symbian have responded to the increasing level of FUD according to
this Silicon.com article. Lets see how the rest of the press pick up on their comments.
Thanks, I've posted that link on the front page to make sure people see it.

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Old 06-09-2005, 01:13 PM
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Unfortunately this is just symptomatic of the whole British technology news reporting industry. Excluding good solid news sites like AAS et al.

In general adjectives sell stories and hysterical adjectives sell more. Thus the BBC techies have to follow suit. The problem they have in particular is that they can't tell their apps from their email - try to catch an edition of their excrebal Click Online on BBC NEWS 24. Uuughh.

And remember its the media empires that think everyone uses a Mac on the desktop because thats what they always used for some reason lost in the mists of time. DTP rings bells.

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