Status of Cell Phone Malware in 2007 presented at BlackHatDC 2007

by Mikko Hypponen,


Summary : First real viruses infecting mobile phones were found during late 2004. Since then, hundreds of different viruses have been found, most of them targeting smartphones running the Symbian operating system.
Mobile phone viruses use new spreading vectors such as Multimedia messages and Bluetooth.
Why is this mostly a Symbian problem? Why hasn't Windows Mobile or Blackberry devices been targeted more? What makes the latest Symbian phones more secure? Why most of the infections are happening in Europe and in South-East Asia? And what will happen next?