iPhone worm

First iPhone worm discovered
Apple iPhone owners in Australia have reported that their smartphones have been infected by a worm that has changed their wallpaper to an image of 1980s pop crooner Rick Astley. Once in place, the worm appears to attempt to find other iPhones on the mobile phone network that are similarly vulnerable, and installs itself again

On each installation, the worm - written by a hacker calling themselves "ikex" - changes the lock background wallpaper to an image of Rick Astley with the message: "ikee is never going to give you up".

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18 Responses:

  1. yan_1976 says:

    if one is to unlock and jailbreak their iPhone, one should expect to have no security what-so-ever. it is just a bsd box in your pocket after all.

    • sweh says:

      ITYM "if one is to unlock and jailbreak their iPhone without read the documentation where you're told to change the default password then..."

  2. ivorjawa says:

    "The worm, which could have spread to other countries although we have no confirmed reports outside Australia, is capable of breaking into jailbroken iPhones if their owners have not changed the default password after installing SSH."

  3. Dennis says:

    Style points to the first worm that changes the user's ring tone to "Never gonna give you up." Extra credit for video.

  4. lionsphil says:

    I love that it appears, from the code snippet, to also Rickroll your logfiles.

  5. Interview with the author of the worm here. Kind of surprising to me that he wasn't concerned about getting in trouble. I hope no one in government decides to class him as a cyberterrorist.

  6. WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 11th, 2012

    In a stunning victory that left pollsters scrambling for answers, Rick Astley was elected President of the United States.

  7. artkiver says:

    Almost 20 years after the WANK worm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WANK_(computer_worm)

    Jailbreaking aside, default passphrases are still a terrible idea.