Viruses Without Borders

What if your smartphone could infect your laptop? Proof-of-concept code is out for malware that infects multiple operating system platforms simultaneously. This multiplatform -- or hybrid -- virus is typically aimed at both mobile devices and desktop machines.

Most malware today is written to attack a specific platform or application. But with mobile phones, PDAs, Bluetooth, and laptops, the standard tools of many users today, researchers say it's no surprise attackers would come up with ways to initiate an exploit that spans all of these platforms at once.

"The threat is real. There's proof-of-concept that multiplatform [viruses] do exist and some have been found in the wild," says Shane Coursen, senior technical consultant for Kaspersky Lab.

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— Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading

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