Catching the iPhone Worm

Last week reports emerged about the Dutch hacker who accessed ‘jailbroken’ iPhones and sent the owners a message asking for money. The message was kind enough… “You’re iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure!” So he didn’t do any damage, but simply asked for 5 euros and he’d tell them how to secure their phone. Apparently he was doing it for the iPhone owners own good, so they wouldn’t get hit by real hackers!

Since then an 80′s worm is targeting more jailbroken iPhones. 21-year-old hacker, Ashley Towns has written a program, similar to a virus that will attack unsecured iPhones. Don’t panic just yet; it will only change the wallpaper to show a picture of 80′s singer Rick Astley…ok maybe it’s time to panic! So what did the hacker have to say for himself, well his reasoning is similar to the Dutch hacker. He wants to warn people about the dangers of not changing default passwords for their phone.

Rick AstleyOnly iPhone users who have ‘jailbroken’ their phone will get the worm. If you’re unlucky enough to get hacked, and maybe to a nastier extent than just having ridiculous wallpaper, don’t bother Apple. Or at least that’s the message it’s sending out; the company doesn’t support jailbroken phones and has tried to prevent jailbreaking through numerous software updates. Apple has also stated it is illegal to jailbreak your iPhone.

So before you get too carried away with all your iPhone apps remember to change your passwords. And if you want to rebel and get your hands on ‘illegal’ iPhone programs, think again, yes you’ll be able to do things no other iPhone can do but do you really want to run the risk of waking up to Rick Astley?… Though not.

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