Spanish police said on Saturday they have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of creating and spreading a virus that affected more than 115,000 high-end mobile phones.
The man was detained in the eastern coastal city of Valencia following an investigation that lasted over seven months, police said in a statement.
It is the first time that the creator of a virus that targets mobile phones was arrested in Spain, the statement added.
The virus struck Bluetooth-enabled phones that run on the Symbian operating system and it was disguised as messages claiming to contain erotic images, sports information or virus protection software.
It caused millions of euros (US dollars) in damage to both the owners of the mobile phones as well as to mobile services providors, the police statement said.