Microsoft investigation of hackers using Smartphone

2003-01-10
 

Microsoft and Orange UK are investigating whether hackers are sending rogue software to cell phones using Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 operating system.

The Smartphone is the only wireless device on sale that uses Microsoft's operating system for advanced phones at present.

A source familiar with the situation said most Smartphone owners won't know whether they have been affected. To launch the rogue programs, an SPV owner will have to know how to "unlock" a cell phone, a difficult process that sometimes involves taking the phone apart.

Microsoft's Security Response Center, the team that looks into security vulnerabilities affecting the company's products, began "thoroughly investigating the issue," according to a Microsoft representative.

So far, there have been no reports of damaged phones.
 

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