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  First mobile phone virus created
Updated 16 June 2004, 18.46

New virus Cabir
The first ever mobile phone virus has been developed, causing fears phones could soon be swamped with nasty bugs.

A group of virus writers developed the worm and sent it to anti-virus firms.

When the virus strikes it makes the mobile phone display the word "Caribe". It spreads using a phone's ability to send wireless Bluetooth signals.

As the virus, called Cabir, was developed by experts it is harmless. But some say it proves that mobile are also at risk from virus writers.

No mobile phone infections have been reported so far, but anti-virus firms can't agree if this means we'll see loads of phone viruses in the future.

Threat to phones

Some experts think people should take the threat seriously, and we need to protect mobile phones with special anti-virus programes like we do with computers.

They say a deliberately harmful mobile virus could wipe all the numbers, pictures and data from your phone, as well as send out messages pretending to be from the phone owner.

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