World's first iPhone virus surfaces.

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  1. deleted account 106

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    The world's first iPhone virus is reported to be in the wild, targeting users who have cracked, or jailbroken, their phone.
    The virus, which so far appears to be confined to Australia, changes the users wallpaper to an image of 1980s pop star Rick Astley, and displays the message Ikee is never gonna give you up.

    Only those users who have cracked, or jailbroken, their phones and not changed their passwords from the default "alpine" can be affected. (To change the password:
    - Install Terminal via Cydia
    - Run Terminal and since this logs you in as mobile user by default you need to type at the prompt:
    su root
    password: (type alpine)
    Now you should be logged in as root. Then just type:
    passwd
    It should now prompt you to type in a new password)




    Security firm Sophos said that once in place, the worm attempts to find other iPhones on the mobile phone network that are similarly vulnerable, and installs itself on them.

    "This is a wake-up call to iPhone users around the world to take greater care about their security - especially if they jailbreak their phones," said Sophos senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley.

    "Businesses also need to ensure that they don't have staff who are endangering corporate data by running insecure smartphones. Other inquisitive hackers may also be tempted to experiment, and could take the code of ikee and adapt it to have a more sinister payload."

    Sophos researchers have traced the virus back to Ashley Towns, 21-year-old student from New South Wales. Towns admitted to releasing the worm on his Twitter page, saying that he did so because he found that 26 out of 27 accessible iPhones he had tested were vulnerable because they had not changed their passwords.

    Finnish security firm F-Secure has also warned about the virus, and advised iPhone users to expect further attacks.

    "The creator of the worm has released full source code of the four existing variants of this worm. This means that there will quickly be more variants, and they might have nastier payload than just changing your wallpaper or might try password cracking to gain access to devices where the default password has been changed," the firm said in a blog post.

    Looks like where going to have to be more secure with our iPods and iPhones

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  2. Shawa

    Shawa Super Moderator

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    Ah well. As with all viruses, if you have any common sense, you will not be affected. The first thing I did when I jailbroke was to change the root password.

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    Happy to have a iPod Touch and Official Firmware. Sad for iPhones that are Jailbroken.
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    is this true? what if you never used ssh and whatnot
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    Might find more info in my thread from a couple days ago.

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    Does this happen to Jailbroken iPod Touches?
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    not if you dont have ssh on
    not if you havnt installed ssh
    not if youve changed your ssh password

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