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NTT Docomo Warns of Malicious E-Mails Targeted at I-Mode Mobile Phones

June 14, 2001 

The Japanese wireless operator NTT DoCoMo Inc is warning i-mode mobile phone users about malicious e-mails that could be sent to their handsets.

According to NTT DoCoMo these e-mails embed special commands to make the recipient's handset automatically dial an emergency number or call large numbers of people. The e-mails could also freeze the screen of the recipient's mobile phone.

NTT DoCoMo says that although no customers have yet complained to it about any damage caused by the malicious e-mails it is considering legal action against the senders due to the inconvenience caused to customers and the harm done to the popularity of mobile Internet.

New handsets to be marketed by the company from July will not be affected by the commands embedded in the malicious e-mails.

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