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Malicious iPhone Virus Takes Control of Your Phone

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This one is a little more serious than Rick Rolling.

About a month ago there was an iPhone worm that changed the user's wallpaper to Rick Astley. The Australian student behind that little piece of malware said the software did nothing else and those affected by it could un-Rick their phone very easily. Ashley Towns said that his sole intention was to highlight how easy it is for attackers to gain access to your phone if you haven't taken the proper steps to protect yourself.

Fast forward just a few weeks and we have a malicious iPhone worm that can steal data and even take control of the phone, acting like a botnet. Similar to the Rick Rolling worm, this virus also targets jailbroken iPhones with an SSH password that were never changed from the default to something more secure.

According to Symantec's John McDonald, the virus can steal data contained on the iPhone as well as connect back to the attacker giving them control over the phone including the ability to download and install malware onto it. McDonald says the root password may also be changed in order to prevent the owner from accessing the device and adds that this worm appears to cover a broader range of IP addresses than the Rick Rolling worm. "The first iPhone worm, this one appears to cover a much broader range of IP addresses, including UPC in the Netherlands, Optus in Australia, possibly a Hungarian and a Portuguese provider, T-Mobile and potentially many others."

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    pale paladin , November 23, 2009 3:03 PM
    This cannot be. Apple products are impervious to any malware.
    My hairy white ass they are. lol
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    leo2kp , November 23, 2009 2:58 PM
    lol
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    sunflier , November 23, 2009 3:02 PM
    Now, is this just another one of those "apps" I can buy?
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  • 24 Hide
    leo2kp , November 23, 2009 2:58 PM
    lol
  • 19 Hide
    sunflier , November 23, 2009 3:02 PM
    Now, is this just another one of those "apps" I can buy?
  • 25 Hide
    pale paladin , November 23, 2009 3:03 PM
    This cannot be. Apple products are impervious to any malware.
    My hairy white ass they are. lol
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    IncinX , November 23, 2009 3:04 PM
    Next malware download will cause iGrenade's to go off all over the world causing one of the largest terrorist attacks in history. The US will soon respond with a military incursion into Cupertino, CA.
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    amabhy , November 23, 2009 3:06 PM
    All i gotta say is,

    GG apple users! Screwed if you jailbreak, sucks if you dont!
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    jerreece , November 23, 2009 3:06 PM
    I have to say, I'm sort of happy to see Apple being targeted by a new virus. It serves them right, even if it is only targeting altered devices.

    "I'm a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea."
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    eulogy32 , November 23, 2009 3:09 PM
    What kind of valuable information could an iPhone user possible have? Unless the hacker is looking for massive amounts of free indy music and blog passwords.
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    cyberkuberiah , November 23, 2009 3:11 PM
    oh no .
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    Shadow703793 , November 23, 2009 3:12 PM
    Wait what?!?!?!? Apple can't get viruses......
    :lol: 
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    pbrigido , November 23, 2009 3:13 PM
    Intersting that an Apple phone is more prone to get a virus than the Mac laptops...
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    lubitz_420 , November 23, 2009 3:15 PM
    how can people leave the default password on anything these days, just plain lazy
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    sunflier , November 23, 2009 3:23 PM
    ScotteqClearly, a fabricated and patently false story created by Microsoft fanbois to discredit the Great and Good name of Apple Computers Inc in a vain scheme to prevent the iminent collapse of WinDoze. After all, it is common knowledge that viruses and malware are solely the providence of Win~Blows and (deservedly!!) exist to show the Microserfs what a piece of garbage their so called "choice" of an operating system really is. All Hail Steve Jobs!



    Loser.
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    Scotteq , November 23, 2009 3:26 PM


    The funny part is you guys actually take that garbage seriously... ;) 


    Perhaps I didn't take it far enough?
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    thebobofbobs45 , November 23, 2009 3:27 PM
    Shadow703793Wait what?!?!?!? Apple can't get viruses......

    they can't... if you leave the password of a windows box as admin same shit happens...
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    fortmccubble , November 23, 2009 3:33 PM
    Aww what have you done Apple? You got yourself some market share in the smartphone department and look what happened to your precious gem!
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    the_one111 , November 23, 2009 3:39 PM
    ScotteqThe funny part is you guys actually take that garbage seriously... Perhaps I didn't take it far enough?

    It needs something... maybe.. yes! That's it!

    I CAN HAS MOAR COWBELL?
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    Humans think , November 23, 2009 3:49 PM
    This proves one thing, the most successful smartphone is a sweet target. Apple products aren't more secure per se, they simply do not have the same market share as the usual suspect.

    Symantec and other security companies would gladly protect you from malware for a fee :p 
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    atticus052 , November 23, 2009 3:55 PM
    Only reason MAC was impervious to virus' is that NO ONE CARED ABOUT MAC USERS! If more people used MAC's and there was something to get out of it, such as annoying a small portion of society, then there would be more virus'. Iphone is just that, an opportunity for a hacker to create a nusance for the thousands of believers out there who think they feel they received their Iphone from God himself (as well as load up on their personal information and do all the other good stuff they aim at PC users).
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    atticus052 , November 23, 2009 3:55 PM
    Only reason MAC was impervious to virus' is that NO ONE CARED ABOUT MAC USERS! If more people used MAC's and there was something to get out of it, such as annoying a small portion of society, then there would be more virus'. Iphone is just that, an opportunity for a hacker to create a nusance for the thousands of believers out there who think they feel they received their Iphone from God himself (as well as load up on their personal information and do all the other good stuff they aim at PC users).
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