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'Metal Gear' Symbian OS Trojan Disables Anti-Virus

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the phone-might-be-short-the-right-video-card-too dept.

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Omniscientist writes "Just when you thought your Series 60 smartphones were safe, a trojan has surfaced with a two-pronged attack that also in turn disables any anti-virus protection available. Infosyncworld has news about a trojan masquerading itself as a port for the Metal Gear game that disables all anti-virus software on the phone and other necessary utilities like file managers. Also, it affects other phones nearby it via Bluetooth. This trojan has been dubbed 'Metal Gear.a,' quite aptly."

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Oh Great.. (5, Funny)

Renraku (518261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160610)

So now I need tin foil for my cell phone, too.

Well, I don't really have a cell phone, but if I did..I'd need tin foil for it.

Re:Oh Great.. (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160676)

If tinfoil around the phone reduces its Bluetooth sensitivity, then yeah, a tinfoil hat just might help. And here I am with a 3660. Bluetooth and Symbian!

As I've not used the BT capabilities at all, does anyone know if I have to activate the BT on the phone, or is it in some sort of listen mode by default? And if so, is there a way to disable it until I actually need to use it?

Re:Oh Great.. (5, Informative)

snorklewacker (836663) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160876)

Bluetooth is normally off by default. Even if it's on, it's going to prompt you multiple times if an unknown device tries to connect -- once to establish the connection, again to receive anything, then you have to explicitly open the attachment and go through yet another warning about installing software. Spreading via bluetooth is probably more effective via trusted paired devices. my gf and I have 6600's and we have them paired so we can share pictures more or less instantly. So if for some reason one of our phones got this worm, then it would transmit to the other phone pretty much silently -- still wouldn't auto-install though.

In other words, if you have a brain, you're safe. Watch out for bluesnarf attacks though, which can read all your data off your phone if you have an older bluetooth stack.

Re:Oh Great.. (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160979)

Ah, much obliged for the info.

On a related note, I need to get a Bluetooth USB dongle for my computer. Transferring things to my laptop over IR is so slow and always feels needlessly precarious.

Re:Oh Great.. (1)

mytec (686565) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161213)

In other words, if you have a brain, you're safe...

We, the masses, have been doing just fine without one of those, thank you very much. We obviously welcome our virus writing overlords.

Sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160621)

That's awesome, but I wish these guys would put their brainpower and idle time towards something more productive, like OSS software development.

OSS shortcoming: who does the boring stuff? (2, Insightful)

AHumbleOpinion (546848) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160937)

That's awesome, but I wish these guys would put their brainpower and idle time towards something more productive, like OSS software development.

The problem is that much of what needs to be done is boring and/or unchallenging. Some folks program because they like to solve problems, the "journey", not because they have a strong commitment to a project, the "destination". In the OSS world there are lots of people who would like to work on the interesting things and if they cannot they are more likely to not contribute than go work on the boring parts. Commercial software has an advantage here, do the drudgery, collect a paycheck. The solution: more donations, less "free beer", that fund programmers to work on the boring stuff.

Obligatory (1)

WolfgangVonEstevez (810007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161131)

Can you hear me now?

Glad I have a dumb phone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160624)

Nokia 5190 pwnz joo.

MY FAVORITE WORD IS BITCHTITS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160626)

SIGORNEY WEAVER HAS NIPPLES. TRUE STORY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160763)

I MASTURBATED TO MY CORTANA ACTION FIGURE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160886)

But really (0, Flamebait)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160635)

But really, why would anyone be an all-terrain magnetic rail-gun ballistic missile nuclear launch system for their cell phone anyway?

Re:But really (1)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160913)

I am the shotgunner! Nobody has ever gotten me off their cell phone!

...and now the phone have started to vibrate...

more! (4, Funny)

Prophet of Nixon (842081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160636)

I just want an unstoppable cell-phone virus that permanently disables ringing... then I could cope with the things being about.

I hear its AMAZING... (1, Funny)

jx100 (453615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160642)

..when the purple-stuffed webworm in the flap jaw space with the tuning fork does a RAW BLINK on hairi kairi ROCK!!!

I NEED SCISSORS!

61!!!

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160727)

Is that the ending to the new game? It makes more sense than MGS 2's!

Then again, so does this [penny-arcade.com] .

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160872)

It's an apt quote from MGS2 (the speech is crazy because the speaker has been infected by a computer virus). It's hardly flamebait, although it's not all that funny either.

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160884)

Wake up mods!

This is a quote from Metal Gear Solid 2, when the supercomputer (Arsenal Gear) near the end of the game begins to break down due to a virus.

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (1)

Raijin Z (685276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160917)

Genius is often misunderstood if not feared. Also, the phone have started to ring.

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11161031)

Zzz! I feel asleep!

Re: I hear its AMAZING... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11161025)

this is from metal gear solid 2. don't mod down parent

All I have to say (2, Insightful)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160649)

HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This is what you get for making a phone "more than a phone".

Well that and price gouging. For example, a "quad-band GSM" phone often cells for $300 more than the average dual-band. However, going quad-band is mostly a small change in terms of the radio/hardware as it's just off by 50Mhz [e.g. the SWR won't be that high]. ... so how do they justify the hike? Oh they add in Java, cameras, ring tones, etc... You want a toy? Buy a gameboy. A phone should be phone.

Hahahahahahaha

Tom

Re:All I have to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160705)

yea, your website says it all "imaluser.com'....

Re:All I have to say (0)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160808)

Hey newbie-troll, do some research first...

tombox ~ # whois iamaluser.com

Whois Server Version 1.3

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

No match for "IAMALUSER.COM".

Re:All I have to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160897)

Well, that may be true.

However, "whois imaluser.com" (which is how you spell it in your profile), does turn up a hit...

Re:All I have to say (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160938)

However, "whois imaluser.com" (which is how you spell it in your profile), does turn up a hit...

Yes, and, thanks to the AC's complaints about his name, I clicked on his link. Of course, since I am at work right now, that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do.

I'll just sit at my desk and wait for the network guys to show up, since I am sure that someone will figure out what I just clicked on.

Re:All I have to say (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160746)

I concur :) My "very hot brick" phone is perfect.

-Jesse

Re:All I have to say (3, Insightful)

timmyf2371 (586051) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160817)

You want a calculator? Buy a calculator.
You want a text editor? Buy a dedicated word processor.
You want to watch DVDs or other media? Buy a DVD player.
You want to send an e-mail? Buy a dedicated e-mailer.

So, based upon your way of thinking I'm assuming your above post was made via a WebTV or similar dedicated Internet-only terminal, right?

Re:All I have to say (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160935)

That's silly...a computer is a general purpose device that's more or less stationary and is where all the "real work" gets done. A cell phone by its nature is a dedicated telephone (hence the word "phone" in "cell phone") and should just have features revolving around communications (ie telephone, speed dial, caller id and yes, maybe even email).

It seems to me that if your telephone needs an anti-virus program (this is the first time I've even heard of such a thing), then your phone is unnecessarily complicated.

"Grownup" cellphones are needed too (1)

AHumbleOpinion (546848) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161076)

Nonsense, very poor analogy. The basic phone is a ubiquitous device that everyone knows how to use, that should not need an instruction manual. The cellphone should be the highly portable incarnation. "Grownup" models, forsakes the "kiddie" crap and make it smaller or enlarges the battery, are needed too.

I'm dreading the day when my four year old Motorola StarTAC dies.

Re:All I have to say (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160853)

This is what you get for making a phone "more than a phone".

Reminds me of a story: Two years ago, the Sprint salesmean was trying to sell me the latest Sanyo. This kid (probably still in college), went on and on about the cool features of ringtones and web access. Then, he said, that I "...could even take a picture of someone with the phone and link that picture to that persons phone number". In short, everytime said person called me, their picture would pop up on my phone.

I asked him "Instead of doing that, couldn't I simply recognize the phone number when it showed up on the screen?" He didn't know what to say.

The sad thing is, I ended up buying that phone anyway. I saw what my other choices were and the other four phones were ugly-looking. So, I guess I do have some vanity with my phone.

Re:All I have to say (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160945)

Yes!

I, for one, am willing to give up features in order to have a cheaper, smaller phone. It's too bad they don't sell the Siemens SL56 anymore, it's pretty much perfect.

there are others too (1)

adeydas (837049) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160650)

there are some other worms too... i guess one of them puts the picture of skulls in place of all your icons. can any slashdotter put up a link to all the known mobile worms and viruses, plz...

Re:there are others too (2, Funny)

fearanddread (836731) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160714)

That's not a worm. That's a feature.

Re:there are others too (2, Funny)

timmyf2371 (586051) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160864)

http://www.google.com [google.com]

Sorry if it takes a little bit of work, but to find out this information you'll have to type in a few search terms - I'll help give you a start.

Try: "mobile phone" +"virus"

And that's why (1, Redundant)

StateOfTheUnion (762194) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160656)

I use a v66 dumbphone. It makes phone calls It stores phone numbers. It does voice dialing But I haven't figured that part out yet.

Re:And that's why (1)

lordfener (842728) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160709)

Amen. I have this five-year-old Sony with one incredible feature: it almost never drops phone calls. They'll have to pry it from my cold dead fingers before I give it up for one of these new toys!

And this is unexpected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160663)

Serves people right, quite honestly why idiots still continue to buy products containing embedded MS Windows cr4p is beyond me.

Re:And this is unexpected? (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160779)

Symbian OS is nothing to do with Microsoft or Windows.

Re:And this is unexpected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160787)

If you don't know what you're talking about - don't comment. Series60 runs on Symbian 6.1/7.0a and 8.0a - NOT Windows CE.

Tosser!

Re:And this is unexpected? (3, Insightful)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160805)

Embedded MS crap... I guess this is a troll. Regardless, Series 60 phones don't have any "MS crap" to my knowledge. The OS is Symbian, which has been putting out a good mobile OS for years (I had a Diamond Mako--rebranded Psion Revo Plus--PDA thing that I loved until the nonreplaceable battery crapped out far sooner than it should have). Sun's Java is also installed on Series 60 phones. Unless Bluetooth is somehow MS-related, you're either completely misinformed or trolling. The AC status of the post indicates the latter, I guess.

Re:And this is unexpected? (1)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161072)

It is unclear how much input MS has into Bluetooth, however Microsoft is certainly involved with it. It is commonly thought that Bluetooth is proprietary technology owned by one company, however the real case is that Bluetooth is a specification for a wireless technology owned by members of the Bluetooth [bluetooth.com] Special Interest Group (SIG).

Nokia, IBM, Ericsson, Intel, and Toshiba were the founding members in 1998. Today there are thousands of members, but note that on the board of directors [bluetooth.com] section of the webpage, Jeff Kosar is the Product Unit Manager and he is from Microsoft Corp. However I'm not going to blame Microsoft automatically for the problem if there are 2000 or more companies contributing to the technology.

Still needs user interaction though... (2, Insightful)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160673)

So don't panic too much about the Bluetooth infection method. When something truly independent like Code Red can spread via Bluetooth, that's when people will start leaving their mobiles at home. Hang on, there's an idea...maybe I can sell it to rail passengers and restaurant customers and make $$$$?

We're surprised? (1)

geekboy642 (799087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160681)

And thus, a strong push for the argument that a phone should be just a phone.

I'll bring my gameboy along, I'm sure Metal Gear works better on a platform that games.

Re:We're surprised? (2, Interesting)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160809)

You're right, why carry around a compact device that can take pictures, play games, sync with my calender and e-mails and allow me to make calls, connect to the internet and now stream videos when I can carry around a Gameboy, a phone, a pda and a camera and a laptop!!

Re:We're surprised? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160929)

Thats assuming you would need to actually carry around that much junk all the time...

Who the hell needs a swiss army knife of all that junk anyways...

Re:We're surprised? (1)

geekboy642 (799087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160960)

Streaming video on a postage stamp.
Barely-megapixel flashless badly compressed pictures, usually out of focus.
I've used the internet on a cell phone. 'nuff said.

I've got a great idea, boys and girls! Let's have a group of stunningly sub-par functions on cell phones, and still not do simple calls correctly all the time!

Re:We're surprised? (1)

wheany (460585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160988)

If you don't like it, don't fucking buy it!

Re:We're surprised? (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161121)

I'm sorry I don't require the same level of standard from my devices as you do. I use the camera on my phone for fun, I'm not a professional photographer, I just want snap shots of me and my friends having fun and the 1.3 megapixel camera on my phone does a damn good job of it. The internet on my phone (Motorola A1000) is perfectly useable (mostly thanks to Opera's SSR technology and the large screen), and I find that most the websites I visit even have small screen friendly versions (such as news.bbc.co.uk). Streaming video is equally enjoyable due to the large, high resolution screen.

If I wanted to spend 4 hours doing reasearch on the internet or If I wanted to take hi quality photos at a special event then I'd proabably use a more appropriate device, but since 99% of the time my phone will surfice for what I need I am happy with it.

I wouldn't consider the functions on a modern phone "sub-par".

Re:We're surprised? (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160974)

I can carry around a Gameboy, a phone, a pda and a camera and a laptop!!

Uh, why would you need ANY of those things?

On second thought, I will give you the laptop.. I am a consultant. I feel naked unless I am carrying my laptop.

Re:We're surprised? (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161038)

Well, I need a phone of course, I want a PDA for work, e-mail calender etc (work related) I also like to listen to music (my phone works great as an mp3 player), Games are nice (solitaire on your phone!)

sometimes I don't like being right (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160696)

But this isn't one of them.

People laughed at me when Bluetooth was first announced. I said I didn't want my cell phone or PDA being frisked by other units as I walked around.

I still refuse to carry any Bluetooth equipment. Who's laughing now?

And, more importantly, how long until a crooked cop uses such a vulnerability to plant evidence on your PDA [typepad.com] ?

The Willie Nelson factor (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160781)

"People laughed at me when Bluetooth was first announced"

I choose to steer clear of it due to its really idiotic name, anyway. It does not sound like high tech. It sounds like something you find in someone's mouth in the front row of a Willie Nelson concert.

Re:sometimes I don't like being right (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160838)

Ermm.. or you can simply turn bluetooth off?

I am (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160892)

Actually, I'm laughing pretty hard at the thought people don't know you can disable bluetooth on phones.

I only turn mine on when I'm synching with something or using it as a data connection with my laptop.

Re:sometimes I don't like being right (1)

snorklewacker (836663) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160907)

> People laughed at me when Bluetooth was first announced.

I'm still laughing at you. Why some geeks choose to remain ignorant is beyond me. If you don't want to use it, fine. I like using my ericsson bluetooth headset on my nokia phone thankyouverymuch. If a crooked cop wants to plant evidence, they can just drop a kilo into my trunk. Jesus.

You dont have to say... (1)

Blitzenn (554788) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161152)

You don't have to use the adjective 'crooked' in front of cop anymore. The word cop says that itself these days. If you need to denote a cop who is not crooked, you HAVE to say 'Honest' cop however. Otherwise it is assumed that they are crooked.

Re:sometimes I don't like being right (1)

Psion (2244) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160967)

"They also laughed at Bozo the clown." -- Carl Sagan

Re:sometimes I don't like being right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11161000)

Yeah, and many of us laugh at the BHA.

Now for the second stage of infection... (1)

commieboyredux (829367) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160708)

Fox-DIE will kick in, and you'll have to get a new cell phone...

Just wait (1)

Auckerman (223266) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160713)

There's going to be a day when all cell phones are running servers over wireless for p2p communications. When that day comes, walking past the wrong person will hose your phone.

Metal Gear Symbian (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160718)

Gah! The thought boggles the mind.

missed opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160720)

It would've been better if if made other people's phones display "!" and make a *RrrRRREEK!* sound when you walked near them.

Since no one has done it yet... (5, Funny)

JossiRossi (840900) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160721)

"Oh look a Metal Gear Port.. horray downloading..."
"Dude you're cell.. it's dying I think..."
"Snake? SNAKE?! SSSSSNNNNAAAAAKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!!"

Re:Since no one has done it yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160986)

"Snake? SNAKE?! SSSSSNNNNAAAAAKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!!"

Badger, badger, badger... [badger.com]

Whoops, wrong snake...

Communicator (2, Insightful)

matmcfad (842760) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160729)

Does anyone ever think of hitting the off button on there bluetooth?

Re:Communicator (3, Insightful)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160877)

When Latest windoze worm announced:
Does anyone ever thing of hitting the off button on there cable/DSL modem?

If you use it, you leave it on. If you don't use it, you may not even know it is there.

Re:Communicator (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160934)

"When Latest windoze worm announced: Does anyone ever thing of hitting the off button on there cable/DSL modem?" Yeah. I've learned how to read the blinky light patterns to tell when malware is coming down the pipe. As soon as I see it in the queue, I hit the off button!

Anti-Virus on Sybian? (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160734)

God I hope I don't have to worry about viruses on my Sybian [sybian.com] OS cell phone. Who knows how many people it might infect?

Re:Anti-Virus on Sybian? (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161148)

i read this page just to find the first one of these. Hello :) Glad it's not just me that gets confused.....

Funny thing (2, Funny)

America Balls (816764) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160736)

I fell asleep last night with the comfort of knowing that all Series 60 phone users were safe. In fact, I said a little prayer giving thanks for that. Tonight, I doubt I sleep at all, what with all the worrying I will do for those poor, poor series 60 phone owners.

kiss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160747)

they should have "Kept It Simple Stupid" make cellphones just be a cellphone, i dont need video games, i dont need music, i dont need a digital camera built in, i just want to make a friggin phone call...

but NNOOOOO, they gotta cram in all sorts of kludge making it more complicated, and vulnerable to attacks by malware...

/rant

Re:kiss (2, Insightful)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160857)

Funny, I do want those features, just because you don't doesn't mean no phone should have them. You can still buy phones that do pretty much nothing useful other than being a phone, I reccommend you buy one of them; I'll buy one with a calender and games (since that's what I want).

Infiltrate Outer Heaven and destroy Metal Gear!~ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160748)

So is this the next gear'? I was a little dissapointed with the lack of one in MGS3, perhaps this is Metal Gear Trojan!

Bipedal worm that can launch ddos attacks from anywhere in the world. Mwah.

A virus - whats new... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160750)

So what we're saying is that if people download warez it might contain viruses. If people receieve a bluetooth message (think email) and run the attachment without thinking where it came from then they might get infected by a virus.

This is news ?

Stop the press! (3, Insightful)

sjofi (307114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160762)

You can install a program on your computer that does bad things. Also on your Symbian mobile phone if you really really want to and decide to discard multiple warning messages.

The phone have started to move! (5, Funny)

GlueyPorchBoy (842759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160768)

Any real fan of the series would be expecting a set-up, anyway.

Re:The phone have started to move! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11160871)

Yes, but what if they drop their guard and feel asleep?

Infection (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160770)

What if someone were to find an exploit in a few cell phone OSes? Then find an exploit in the routing software/hardware of cell towers?

Infect their own phone, that infects every cell tower it cells to, and that tower infects every cell phone it can see, etc.

I'd make the payload somthing to either disable the ringer, or play some annoying loud-ass tone for hours.

Re:Infection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11161155)

[homeland securitymobile pulls up outside, labeled Flowers By Irene (apologies to Simpsons writers)]

That could indeed prove quite the annoyance. At the moment, I'd think the effect would be fairly limited. Even from a single manufacturer, the OS is going to differ among some models. Assuming that a current virus had the ability to distribute itself in such a way and to automatically infect and execute all susceptible phones and towers, the effect would be limited to a particular OS and possibly a particular carrier.

I've noticed phone variety actually increasing in the US lately. Standard brands already were Nokia, Motorola, and Sony/Ericson. Now you can easily get phones by Samsung, Siemens, LG, Palm/Handspring, Blackberry (or whatever its manufacturer is), Sidekick (again, not sure of the manufacturer or OS), and even some running Windows Mobile. Unless OS/brand choice begins to converge, the effects would be limited.

I think I have this one (0, Redundant)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160804)

I think I have this one on my web-enabled phone I'm using to get to Slashdot now. I see something odd happening to the icons in the cor $%$YT$%45#@544D3$ [end of line]

My cheesy metal gear jokes > Yours (1)

Crimsane (815761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160820)

"The worm cloaks itself in a cardboard box labelled 'dock A'"

"This looks like a pretty solid virus"

"Man this worm is huge! Its big enough to be a snake!"

"The virus next target is the new PSP handheld console, shooting high speed UMD's at your enemies rail gun style"

MG (5, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160822)

I guess I should expect to see people staring at their phones going "Snake? SSSSNNNNAAAAAAKKKKEEEEEE!!!!"

woo hoo (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160867)

go ngage! go ngage!

I'm getting around these problems. (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160899)

I'm getting around these problems, as I have done all I can to make my mobile phone very secure. You can see a photo of the modifications so far. [clara.net]

Heh! (0, Flamebait)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160911)

You technodweebs that just have to have George Jetson crap get what you ask for.

I carry a TELEPHONE, that's all it does. I don't need to carry a frigging computer around on my belt, or play games, that's stupid. You have to have all this techno crap with you every waking second and now you have created your own personal hell.

My typical phone conversation.
(ring ring): Hello?
caller: My computer is messed up, help me.
me: What's your address?
caller: 1234 blah blah street.
me: I'll be right there. Bye.

typical total call time, under 60 seconds.

The number of times I've ever wanted to play a game, snap a photo, surf the web, send a TM using my cell phone? ZERO..

The number of times my cell phone ever failed me?
ZERO...

The kid across the street from me showed me his cell phone, the games it can play, pictures of his GF's tits, surfing the web in a 25x10 browser. Whoopty-doo....

Re:Heh! (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161020)

pictures of his GF's tits,

Well, I'm not a fan of fancy phones. But if they include that picture as one of the features, they just sold me.

Re:Heh! (1)

o0congee0o (800446) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161203)

I agree on some level, but my sidekick II helps out a lot when I needed to lookup a review of a game that I never heard of. saved me tons of money

But the games, camera and mp3? I have a digi cam ,a gameboy and ipod for that.

Virus code name...Metal Gear?!? (2, Funny)

Takeel (155086) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160918)

For those with broadband. [somethingawful.com]

Hmmm, Good idea though (1)

Altima(BoB) (602987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160952)

Makes me think that a Metal Gear Solid game would be a good idea for a phone, and the best part is that your service provider could bill you for each codec call you initiae to Meryl. And Revolver Ocelot could torture you by making you type an inane text message as quickly as possible using all capital letters and the words LOL and L8R.

And of course let's not forget being able to sit on a bus and make every other passenger listen to Liquid scream "SNAAAAAKE! PREPARE TO DIE, MY BROTHEEEERRR!!!!"

Metal Gear Solid, huh? (1)

SlackGirl (791339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160954)

Shuddering in anticipation of the "Naked Raiden" virus...

I bet it was a mexican hacker. (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 9 years ago | (#11160959)

Metal Gear: Worm Eater

snaaaake!!! .... SNAAAAAAaaakkee!! (0, Redundant)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161040)

Was the last thing my phone said before being infected ;)

Will Hideo Kojima hear about this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11161041)

If so, we can expect something like this in the next game.

MGS4: Viral Snake

[CALL]

Mei Ling: Snake be careful when logging onto the various computers in the compound. They could be... boobytrapped.

Snake: Boobytrapped? How?

Otacon: Snake, haven't you ever heard of computer viruses?

Snake: Well yea.

Otacon: Those terminals will attempt to upload a trojan virus to any foreign piece of equipment that logs onto it. It makes them almost as dangerous as the guards around there.

Snake: But it's not like I'm a walking cellphone or something.

Colonel: Snake, this is serious!

Mei Ling: Actually, with the reprogrammable nanites in your body, you basically are.

Snake: ...

Otacon: Yea Snake. Try not to get hax0red out there.

Snake: Hax..huh?

Otacon: *sigh*

[END TRANSMISSION]

Personally, if I were a virus writer... (2, Interesting)

mark-t (151149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161198)

The most perfect crime isn't just one where you're not actually caught, it's one where nobody ever notices that the crime was committed in the first place. If you shut down the antivirus software, you leave a potentially very visible avenue that leads directly to the cause.

That's why if I were to actually go about writing a virus, it would not actually disable any existing antivirus software at all, but would make suitable patches to the most common ones so that my virus would simply not be detected by it, thereby convincing most people into naively believing that their antivirus software is running as expected during what is actually the virus's dormancy period.

Why nobody else has tried this is beyond me.

Does the fact that I would even think of something like this make me a bad person?

Just the beginning for Bluetooth (1)

yetanothermike (824215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11161205)

There are a lot of easy ways to sabotage cell phones using Bluetooth. The fact that it's a GAME on a CELL PHONE just makes it even jucier. Get people who have to have their games, and people who don't know what they are doing on their phones... I can see the headlines now.

Just wait until people are bugging all your conversations by using your own cell phone right there in your pocket. Companies will need to ban cell phones from conference rooms because people can't trust them.

You think Windows is riddled with problems? Just wait until you see what script kiddie Bluetooth "hackers" do to people who don't even know their phones HAVE Bluetooth, let alone what to do with it.

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