NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, May 6, 2005

This is all Greek to me Posted by Mikko @ 08:27 GMT

Greek Cabir
We got today a report of a Cabir infection in Greece. That's the 21st country reported to have had Cabir in the wild.

The infection had happened in the central square of the city of Athens.

People keep asking what does it actually look like when Cabir hits you...so here's a series of pictures showing one example. The actual prompts differ from one phone model to another. These pictures are taken in a RF lab on a Nokia 7610.



Cabir prompts

So how come anybody ever gets infected by it if you have to click "Yes" so many times?

Well, we've spoken to many people who've actually been infected, and they typically explain it like this: They got this weird message on the phone, requesting a "Yes" or "No" answer. So they clicked "No". But the message popped up immediatly again. And they clicked "No" - only to see the message pop up again. And since "No" didn't seem to be working, they clicked "Yes"...

The message would have disappeared if they would have walked away from the area where they were (to get out of the range of the infected phone), but there's no way for an end user to know that.