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Phone Virus Spreading At Athletic Event, Vendor Claims

A mobile phone virus has been spreading this week at an international track and field event in Helsinki, a security vendor says.
A wireless security vendor claimed Thursday that a mobile phone virus is being spread at a worldwide athletic event being held this week in Helsinki.

F-Secure, which provides mobile security products, said in a statement that there have been reports of the Cabir virus spreading on Symbian-based devices of spectators at the World Championships In Athletics track and field events in Helsinki The company said that visitors from 200 countries are attending the event.

Cabir is a previously-reported virus that spreads when a phone's Bluetooth capabilities are detected as being active by another device that already is infected. The infected device issues an invitation to install a program that is infected.

F-Secure said it and Finnish cellular operator TeliaSonera said they have set up a service area in the vicinity of the statement that can look for and disinfect phones suspected of having the virus.