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Submission + - First Apple iPhone worm discovered 1

Unexpof writes: Users of jailbroken iPhones in Australia are reporting that their wallpapers have been changed by a worm to an image of 80s pop icon Rick Astley. This is the first time a worm has been reported in the wild for the Apple iPhone.

According to a report by Sophos The worm, which exploits users who have installed SSH and not changed the default password, hunts for other vulnerable iPhones and infects them.

Users are advised to properly secure their jailbroken iPhones with a non-default password, and Sophos says the worm is not harmless, despite its graffiti-like payload:

"Accessing someone else's computing device and changing their data without permission is an offence in many countries — and just as with graffiti there is a cost involved in cleaning-up affected iPhones... Other inquisitive hackers may also be tempted to experiment once they read about the world's first iPhone worm. Furthermore, a more malicious hacker could take the code written by ikee and adapt it to have a more sinister payload."

Images of the Rick Astley wallpaper displayed on infected phones, complete with the message "ikee is never going to give you up" are published here.

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First Apple iPhone worm discovered

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  • A jailbroken phone is by definition broken by a hacker. A fault in the software has been exploited. The flaw cannot be fixed, or the jailbreaking will be undone. So anyone reading the details of this software project knows, by definition, how to put a worm on the phone. What about an iPhone that has been updated? It is much less likely to have a problem.

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