Journal in Computer Virology

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 109–119 | Cite as

About malicious software in smartphones

  • Sampo Töyssy
  • Marko HeleniusEmail author
Original Paper


Phones with some of the capabilities of modern computers also have the same kind of drawbacks. These phones are commonly referred to as smartphones. They have both phone and personal digital assistant (PDA) functionality. Typical to these devices is to have a wide selection of different connectivity options from general packet radio service (GPRS) data transfer to multi media messages (MMS) and wireless local area network (WLAN) capabilities. They also have standardized operating systems, which makes smartphones a viable platform for malware writers. Since the design of the operating systems is recent, many common security holes and vulnerabilities have been taken into account during the design. However, these precautions have not fully protected these devices. Even now, when smartphones are not that common, there is a handful of viruses for them. In this paper we will discuss some of the most typical viruses in the mobile environment and propose guidelines and predictions for the future.


Mobile Phone Wireless Local Area Network General Packet Radio Service Multimedia Messaging Service Malicious Software 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.10tons LtdTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Computer Sciences, Virus Research UnitUniversity of TampereTampereFinland

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