New iPhone worm targets bank info
Gone are the days of harmless iPhone worms rick-rolling you into fits of laughter. The newest breach uses the same trick as the Australian version, but instead of Rick Astley you get your bank information stolen. For now the virus is contained the Netherlands, where it targets Dutch customers of ING who log into the banking system using a jailbroken phone. You also have to have installed SSH without changing your default password.
Sophos mentions dramatically reduced battery life on WiFi connections because the worm generates so much network activity. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you should probably restore to a known safe backup. You do have one of those, right?
Luckily preventative measures are simple. Just install Mobile Terminal using Cydia and change your password from the default “alpine” to something a bit more secure. Also let this serve as a reminder that your phone is a computer capable of granting outsiders access to very sensitive data. Don’t get careless.
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Yes, Australia, there is an iPhone worm
There’s a worm spreading among jailbroken iPhones in Australia that makes one hilarious modification. The virus changes the iPhone wallpaper to a picture of Rick Astley. Luckily for those who have picked up the bug, there is no malicious code involved. It’s just a stunt by a 21-year old who hopes to get a few laughs and get people to get a little more serious about phone security.
“The virus itself is not malicious and is not out to hurt people. It’s just poking fun and hoping waking people up a little,” said the creator, who lives in Sydney. For those of you who are unaware, jailbroken phones can be accessed using the password “alpine” for SSH control. If you don’t change the password upon jailbreaking, anyone with a little tech savvy can add or remove files to/from your iPhone.
Luckily for you, the fix is really simple. Just load up Cydia and get the MobileTerminal app, and then use the “passwd” command to make the necessary change. And do it now. Rick Astley may seem harmless, but he’s just a gateway drug to much more serious problems.
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Tags: alpine, blackra1n, iphone virus, iphone worm, jailbreak, rick astley, rick roll, rickroll, rickrolled, unlock