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Security Warrior by Anton Chuvakin, Cyrus Peikari

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Airborne Viruses

Let us turn now to another rapidly growing wireless security threat—wireless computer viruses. With the explosive growth of WLANs, cellular phone manufacturers and carriers have piggybacked on Wi-Fi in order to resuscitate their hopes for universal, high-speed wireless connectivity. Along with this growth in coverage and bandwidth has come an increase in the number and sophistication of mobile devices. There are currently hundreds of millions of PDAs and smart phones available worldwide, and the number is growing rapidly. With this phenomenal growth of "embedded" mobile devices, the threat of wireless viruses is likewise growing. Many of these handheld devices are potentially susceptible to some form of virus or hostile code that could render them nonfunctional. This section introduces various threats posed by airborne (wireless) viruses and hostile code.

Because of their susceptibility to viruses, handheld devices are potentially dangerous to a corporate network. Small business and home users also require protection from wireless viruses.

Malicious virus writers have a passion for owning new technology. New platforms such as Palm and Windows CE are highly attractive targets to virus and Trojan writers. Being the first to infect a new platform provides the virus writer with instant notoriety. As technology in the handheld device and wireless networking industries advances, virus writers have plenty of room for growth. In addition, the number of targets is growing ...

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