Kaspersky Lab claims discovery of first Apple iPod virus (proof of concept, no real threat)

Avril LavigneKaspersky Lab today claimed discovery of the first virus designed to infect iPod portable media players. “The virus, which has been named Podloso, is a proof of concept program which does not pose a real threat,” Kaspersky Labs reports.

“The virus is a file which can be launched and run on an iPod. It should be stressed that in order for the virus to function, Linux has to be installed on the iPod. If the virus is installed to the iPod by the user, the virus then installs itself to the folder which contains program demo versions. Podloso cannot be launched automatically without user involvement,” Kaspersky Labs reports.

Kaspersky Labs reports, “Once launched, the virus scans the device’s hard disk and infects all executable .elf format files. Any attempt to launch these files will cause the virus to display a message on the screen which says ‘You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus.'”

“Podloso is a typical proof of concept virus. Such viruses are created in order to demonstrate that it is possible to infect a specific platform. They do not have a malicious payload. Additionally, Podloso is unable to spread. The user has to save the virus to the iPod memory for the device to become infected. Podloso has no malicious payload, and does not present a real threat; it simply demonstrates that it is, theoretically possible to create malicious programs for such devices,” Kaspersky Labs reports.

Full article here.
So, first you install Linux on your iPod, then you find this virus file and run it, and then your iPod has a “virus” that’s unable to spread itself? If so, here’s the first Mac OS X “virus:” write an AppleScript that trashes a file, folder full of files or maybe even a whole drive – on your Mac. Save it as an app. Run it. Voila! Alert the headline writers and get the clueless AP reporters on the case!

Give us a break.


  1. Humans found to get Feline AIDS! First, they have to enter into a teleportation pod with an infected cat. Next, they must be transported across the room and reconstituted into a hybrid critter.

    Warn all your friends of this imminent threat!

  2. 1. connect freshly set up Windows XP PC to the ‘net with no firewall or security. wait 10 minutes.

    2. connect iPod to now virus-ridden PC.

    3. copy C:\Windows directories over to iPod hard disk.

    OMFG!!!! VIRUSES ON MY IPOD!!!11!!

  3. so, lemme see if i understand this… cuz to me, this looks more like an application, than a virus. something you have to download, install, then run. does this sound like “application” to anyone else?

    and if it’s got linux installed on it, it’s not longer an /*\apple/*\ ipod, it’s a LiPod, so i think the headline should be changed to reflect the more accurate title.

  4. Linux? LINUX? For the love of Gawd, who gives a shite about this supposed story? The world’s “journalists” (M$ apologists) are so eager for a scandal of ANY sort involving Apple products that even this crap/ordure/waste pronouncement makes MDN headlines. What’s next? Oh, I know:

    “iPod Susceptible To Breakage When Attached To A PC Running BeOS and Dropped from Empire State Building.” News at 11!

  5. Kaspersky Lab’s hands down beats all the other anti-virus software makers in catching viruses on Windoze PC’s.

    Their success rate is near 100% compared to 80 something percent for the others.

    What Kaspersky Lab’s sufferes from is a lack of OEM installs because they are a Russian company.

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