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Don’t Worry Yet; Mobile Worms Won’t Show Until ’07

Mobile phone and PDA users have more than two years to get ready for a quick-spreading worm, security research analysts said as they poked holes in anti-virus vendors’ hype about the immediate need for defenses. Mobile phone and PDA users have more than two years to get ready for a quick-spreading worm, security research analysts said Tuesday as they poked holes in anti-virus vendors’ hype about the immediate need for defenses. “Anti-virus vendors see huge potential profits in selling security to billions of cell phone and PDA users,” said John Pescatore, vice president and research fellow with Gartner. “In particular, the anti-virus industry sees cell phones as the way to grow sales outside of a flat, commoditized PC market.” Client-side anti-virus software meant for cell phones and PDAs “certainly work,” said Pescatore. “They’ve got the products, but they’re not selling them.” Full Story

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