Gavno.a virus disables calls on Symbian phones

Jan 24 2005 - 02:58 PM ET | Security
Symbian security firm SimWorks has sounded the warning for a new mobile phone virus, Gavno.a. Gavno.a is the first mobile virus to cause serious damage--Gavno leaves Symbian 7 handsets unable to make calls. bq. The threat, Gavno.a is spread via a file called patch.sis and induces mobile phone users to install it on their devices by masquerading as a patch for their phone, a concept familiar to mobile phone users from other computing platforms such as Microsoft Window Gavno affects Series 60 phones using Symbian OS v7 such as the Nokia 6600 and 7610, not popular models like the Nokia 3650 that use Symbian 6.