Your Mobile Phone Is Safe - Don't believe virus hoaxes

06 Nov 2002
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab brings attention to the spread of a rumor among Internet users regarding a new computer virus that infects mobile telephones and renders them junk. The message being sent around looks as follows: If you receive a phone call and your mobile phone displays ACE-? on the screen DON'T ANSWER THIS CALL - END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU ANSWER THE CALL, YOUR PHONE WILL BE INFECTED BY THIS VIRUS. This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI information from both your phone and your SIM card, which will make your phone unable to connect with the telephone network. You will have to buy a new phone. This information has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia. There are over 3 million mobile phones being infected by this virus in USA now. You can also check this news in the CNN web site. Please forward this piece of information to all your friends. Kaspersky Lab reports that this virus does not exist, thereby classifying "Ace-?" with other such virus rumors as a hoax. We recommend users refrain from further spreading this unfounded virus rumor and to in turn inform colleagues and friends that this is actually a "non-existent" or "hoax" virus. A guide that will help you detect virus hoaxes can be found here. More detailed information about virus hoaxes is contained in the Kaspersky Virus Encyclopedia and can be viewed here.