First Trojan found for Palm

The first known virus for the Palm handheld device was discovered late last week. The Trojan horse, named the Liberty Crack program has the ability to delete applications and databases from the Palm.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 30, 2000

The first known virus for the Palm handheld device was discovered late last week.

The Trojan horse, named the Liberty Crack program, is packaged as free software for those pirating the GameBoy emulator, Liberty—a legitimate program for the Palm—and has the ability to delete applications and databases from the Palm.

According to Symantec’s Antivirus Research Center (SARC), data can be resynchronised with the users’ PC, but some may be lost. “Whilst no users have reported being infected, this signifies the latest development for devices outside of the PC being under attack.

The Palm platforms and all PDA devices have long been criticised for their lack of security as they are running on processors that do not support security features,” said Eric Chien, head of SARC.

The Trojan originated in Sweden, and was written by Aaron Ardiri, the co-author of the legitimate program, Liberty.

Symantec has announced that it was the first antivirus company to offer protection against the Trojan. For more information please click here.

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