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ComWar.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ComWar.A
Technical name:SymbOS/ComWar.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:SymbOS/Commwarrior.A, SYMBOS_COMWAR.A
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It only affects cellular phones that use the operating system Symbian 60 series. If it is run within the first hour of the 14th of any month, it resets the cellphone. It uses both MMS messages and Bluetooth in order to spread to other cellphones.

Affected platforms:

Symbian

First detected on:March 8, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 4, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

ComWar.A is the first worm to use MMS messages in order to spread to other devices. MMS (Multimedia Message Service) is a method of transmitting multimedia files, such as graphics, text messages, video clips, etc. over wireless networks, using the WAP protocol. Additionally, ComWar.A also spreads to other Bluetooth devices.

ComWar.A only affects cellular phones that use the operating system Symbian 60 series. If it is run within the first hour of the 14th of any month, ComWar.A resets the cellphone.

Keep in mind that ComWar.A needs the user intervention in order to be run on the cellphone. Before the malicious file is installed, the user receives a security warning.

Visible Symptoms 

    

ComWar.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the cellphone, as it randomly displays the following messages:

CommWarrior v1.0 (c) 2005 by e10d0r

CommWarrior is freeware product. You may freely distribute it in it's original unmodified form.

OTMOP03KAM HET!