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Major Mobile Virus Attack Called 'Matter Of Time'

A new study predicts it will take a major virus attack on mobile devices before users and vendors take serious action.

It will take a serious malicious attack against smartphones or other mobile devices before users take protection seriously, a study released Thursday predicted.

Such a study is inevitable and it will spur growth in the mobile anti-virus marketplace from $723 million in 2004 to $12.6 billion in 2007, according to industry research firm visiongain.

"Already we have seen some minor viruses start to attack handsets, such as Lasco.A," report author Jean Pierre Aubertin said in a statement. "But to date nothing has affected the industry on a major scale. We believe it is only a matter of time before a more serious virus targeted at smartphones strikes."

The responsibility to protect mobile devices must be shared among users, mobile operators, handset manufacturers and even the developers of the platforms used in the devices, according to the study.

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