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Virus Found Which Hits Microsoft's Handheld Software-BBC...

by Blake Cook / July 19, 2004 3:49 AM PDT

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- The first virus to attack handheld computers running Microsoft's Windows Pocket PC software has been found, the BBC reports on its Web site Monday.

The virus is called "Duts", and its existence has been revealed by the Russian security firm BitDefender.

The company said the virus posed no threat and was produced only as a "proof of concept" by its creators.

The program comes from the same virus writing group that put together similar code that could spread between smartphones running Symbian software.

BitDefender said Duts had been created by someone calling themselves Ratter, who was part of the 29A VX virus writing group.

In a statement, the company said it had written the code to show that it was possible to create programs that could spread via handhelds and mobile devices running the cut-down version of Windows.

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