As wireless devices become more sophisticated, hackers are starting to spread viruses that can infect them. Software Engineers have developed an application that allows a PC to scan the memory of a mobile device and eliminate malicious software, according to a report of Science Daily. While we all know our PCs are vulnerable to data loss, you might be surprised to find out so is your cell phone! A new technology could be the key to ferreting out electronic viruses forever.That fancy cell phone you use to surf the Web and check email could be infected with a computer virus. "Our cell phones are becoming more and more sophisticated to look more and more like regular computers, and so they can also acquire viruses," says Adrian Perrig, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While most of us take steps to safeguard our PCs, cell phone viruses are so new you
might not even know about them.Engineers found a key to detecting even the most evasive electronic bugs.
Perrig says, " Our technique is called SoftWare-based ATTestation, which allows an external host--like the laptop computer or even another cell phone--allows them to look into the memory of a device in a way that even malicious code executing on the device cannot hide." Traditional anti-virus programs scan for a list of known threats, but if a threat is not on the list, its not detected. With software-based attestation (SWATT), there's no virus roster. Rather it scans the memory of a hand-held device. Because all viruses must dwell in memory, any deviation signals a potential virus.