Threat Description



Aliases: Bluetooth-Worm
Category: Malware
Type: Bluetooth-Worm
Platform: W32


A type of worm that spreads over Bluetooth networks.


If F-Secure's Mobile Security is installed on the mobile device, the following disinfection steps can be performed:

  • Activate the Anti-Virus
  • Scan the phone and remove any components of the malware
  • Reboot the phone to remove memory-resident components
Downloading F-Secure Mobile Security directly onto a phone

Mobile Security can be downloaded directly to the mobile device:

  • Open web browser on the phone
  • Go to
  • Select link "Download Mobile Security"
  • Download the file and select open after download
  • Install Mobile Security

Technical Details

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About Bluetooth-Worms

A Bluetooth-worm is a type of worm that spreads primarily over a Bluetooth network. A Bluetooth-worm is almost always designed to function on mobile devices, particularly handphones, which make more use of Bluetooth connectivity than computers.

Due to the limitations of Bluetooth connectivity, a user must have their device's Bluetooth functionality switched on and set in discoverable mode to be reachable by a Bluetooth-worm; the user must also actively accept a transmission request from an infected device before the Bluetooth-Worm can successfully arrive on the new device.

A Bluetooth-worm may or may not include a malicious payload. Examples of malicious actions a Bluetooth-worm can perform are:

  • Sending SMS or MMS messages
  • Modifying files on the phone
  • 'Locking' the phone so that it is inaccessible
  • Damaging the phone's system files so that the device is completely unusable


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