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first iPhone worm hits jailbroken units

the worm is playful, not harmful but a sure hit for its developer, ikex. all it does is put up rick astley’s photo as a wallpaper on the iphone. but that is a consolation for now as this can mean the start of more things to come.

i think the age old question is it wise to have you iphone jailbroken has been answered today.


First-known iPhone worm ‘Rickrolls’ jailbroken Apple handsets

The iPhone’s first worm — a playful, wallpaper-changing prank that only affects jailbroken phones — could be a sign of more dangerous things to come.

A hacker who identifies himself as “ikex” created the worm, which changes the user’s wallpaper to a picture of 1980s pop star Rick Astley, who sang the 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The software includes the message: “ikee is never gonna give you up.”

The term jailbreaking refers to a hack that allows users to run software not approved by Apple on the iPhone. It can grant users the ability to install custom wallpapers and themes, enable tethering, or unlock the handset for use on a non-approved carrier.

The ikex worm is simply a prank known as “Rickrolling,” an Internet bait-and-switch meme when users expect to see a video on a certain topic, only to find themselves watching Astley’s cheesy 1987 music video. According to Forbes, the worm does nothing malicious.

“The world’s first iPhone worm is also hardly a true criminal exploit,” the report said. “Instead, it seems to be half warning, half prank. Ikee’s author, who identifies himself or herself as ‘ikex’ in the worm’s source code, also wrote in the code that “People are stupid, and this is to prove it so,” adding that users should read their phones’ manuals.”

For now, the worm is said to be spreading among jailbroken iPhones in Australia. It affects only users who did not change their default SSH password, which allows file transfers between phones.

“It’s not that hard, guys,” ikex wrote in the source code. “But hey who cares its only your bank details at stake.”

read in full here: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/11/09/first_known_iphone_worm_rickrolls_jailbroken_apple_handsets.html

read more here: iPhone ‘Rickroll’ Worm Is No Threat To Most Users (http://www.pcworld.com/article/181712/iphone_rickroll_worm_is_no_threat_to_most_users.html)

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