New iphone worm readme

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  1. hipy

    hipy New Member

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    hello guys, there is a new worm on the loose that already got my iphone( i just restored it for f*** sake! )

    I have been blocked to webpage internet only by my provider

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    Jailbroken iPhone hacking.


    As many of you may have read, during the last few weeks there have been a few highly publicised attacks against "jailbroken" iPhones.

    A "jailbroken" iPhone is an Apple iPhone which has been hacked with special software that lets the user install software which hasn't been approved, nor is supported, by Apple. Unfortunately, the jailbreaking process is really meant for people with a technical understanding of the process, as well as the risks.

    One of the things that most of the jailbreaking tools do is install something known as OpenSSH, which is a programme that lets you remotely access your iPhone using the SSH protocol.

    Normal iPhones from authorised resellers do not have this software, and by default there is no way to remotely access the phone. Unfortunately, when you combine the jailbreaking process with a very insecure default password chosen by Apple, the result can be quite damaging to the security of your phone, as well as the privacy of your data.

    For the past few days XS4ALL has seen what we believe is possibly a new version of the iPhone worms which have been in the news. A number of customers with jailbroken phones have been found running unknown software on their phones which is trying to compromise other iPhone users at other telecommunications providers. We're working with as many customers as possible to determine the exact malware responsible, but so far none of the known iPhone worms seems to be responsible.

    XS4ALL strongly advises caution against jailbreaking if you are not fully aware of the potential risks to your privacy and security. If you decide to do it anyway, make sure that you follow the instructions on the Internet about how to change the default password.
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    _JKK_ Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This basically just covers what we all knew; change the default password!
  3. hipy

    hipy New Member

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    yep but its a reminder what the riscs are :s, certainly since there are now new worms out
  4. studangerous

    studangerous Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    It's the same format as the old worm, just more vicious.. change your SSH password from the default 'alpine' and you'll be protected.
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    Toilet Duck New Member

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    Does this only affect Jail broken iPhones/iTouches? or is it open season on all devices running iPhone OS?
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    xXrkidXx Well-Known Member

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    Jailbroken devices only.
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    If your iPhone is stuck you have nothing to worried about. This is one of few reasons I stay on a stock firmware...
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    studangerous Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    You mean 'jailed' or 'stock firmware'.

    To everyone else, if you are jailbroken and have OpenSSH installed it is highly advisable that you change your SSH password. They you are fully protected from these worms.

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