Antivirus Groups Fight Over Crossover Sharing

    Date06 Mar 2006
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
    A virus that spreads from PCs to mobile devices has become the focus of a power play between the antivirus industry and the relatively young Mobile Antivirus Research Association, which obtained the only sample of the program.

    This week, the Mobile Antivirus Research Association, a collection of professors, authors and security professionals, announced it had "characterized' the first program to spread from PCs to a mobile device, a virus dubbed Crossover. In a rare occurrence in computer-virus circles, MARA appears to be the only organization to obtain a copy of the program--normally, such virus samples are sent by the creator to the major antivirus firms and shared among virus experts.

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