Yes, it's true. The symbian OS has the dubious distinction of being the first smartphone OS attacked by a virus.

Symantec published a survey in April, 2005 of 300 Americans with smart phones reporting that 73%, some 219 respondents knew about the Cabir virus and other attacks that target the device.

As integrated devices emerge with lots of services – phones, email, instant messaging, browsing – the prospect of attack and malicious activities can only grow. Furthermore, the report in cnet went on to point out that these were most certain early adopters, who are generally technology savvy. As less sophisticated newbies buy the more functional, upscale and risky devices, they become the target for phishing schemes and theft of sensitive personal data on the phones.

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