Worm rickrolls jail-broken iPhones

“The first worm to infect the Apple iPhone has been discovered spreading ‘in the wild’ in Australia,” BBC News reports.

“The self-propagating program changes the phone’s wallpaper to a picture of 80s singer Rick Astley with the message ‘ikee is never going to give you up,'” The Beeb reports. “The worm, known as ikee, only affects ‘jail-broken’ phones, where a user has removed Apple’s protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.”

The Beeb reports, “Experts say the worm is not harmful but more malicious variants could follow. ‘The creator of the worm has released full source code of the four existing variants of this worm,’ wrote Mikko Hypponen of security firm F-secure.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Jailbreak at your own risk. Check out this video of a jailbroken iPhone being taken over by “ikee” via YouTube here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JMS in TX” for the heads up.]

42 Comments

  1. This is yet another example of people biting off more than they can chew.

    The jailbreak as such is actually not the problem, but blindly installing the ssh daemon in the process and then letting it run with unchanged default passwords (which are never used nor even accessible in a non-jailbroken iPhone) opens a huge barn door with a blinking neon sign on top: “Rape me, please!”

    One would also need to know that updating a jailbroken iPhone will reset the passwords to the universally known defaults again, so any user with a running sshd will need to keep a keen eye on the state of his or her sshd and the respective passwords in order to stay mostly safe…

    Removing most of the iPhone’s safety barriers is a really bad idea if you don’t know very precisely what you are doing – and quite possibly even then.

    So unless you really understand all the implications, please don’t alter your iPhone in unsupported ways – you may live to regret it.

    Stay safe!

  2. Wonder what all the people saying Apple are too closed are thinking now Rick Astley is all over their iPhones?

    I think I hear a waaahmbulance coming for them all ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    iPhone 3G, not jailbroken, working fine.

  3. These guys at F-secure are baiting lying ass dogs. I’ve seen this before from these asshole Finns. Baiters, trying to sell their shit software via scare tactics. Whores of the worst kind.

    They go around like the whores they are saying iPhones have a worm now. They don’t. If someone removes the security mechanisms they cannot claim iPhone has a worm. Only Finnish asswhores do that.

    I expect this scum shit from Microsoft’s fools, but I guess it has infected these Finnish whores now just the same.

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