Spanish police arrest suspected mobile phone virus writer

Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of writing and distributing mobile phone viruses.

Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of writing and distributing mobile phone viruses.

Spanish police say they arrested a 28-year-old man in Valencia following a seven month investigation. 

The man is accused of creating and spreading over 20 different variants of the Cabir and Commwarrior worms, which attempt to infect mobile phones running the Symbian operating system

Embedded inside the worms alleged to have been written by the man are references to "Leslie", which is said to be the name of the suspect's fiancée.

Spanish police claim that as many as 115,000 mobile phones may have been struck by the malware, which can potentially crash users’ phones and destroy data.

"Mobile phone viruses are not nearly as common as the malware that strikes Windows desktops on a regular basis, but they are just as illegal in their intent. They cause real harm disrupting business and personal communications as well as destroying and stealing sensitive data," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at internet security software firm Sophos.

The well established Cabir worm can be spread using Bluetooth short-range wireless technology.

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