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iPhone Trojan revealed, targets jailbroken phones

updated 12:10 am EST, Wed January 9, 2008

First iPhone Trojan attack

The iPhone recently fell victim to its first Trojan attack, which came in the form of a malicious file named "113 prep". While installation of the phony application is relatively benign - the app merely says "shoes" when activated - uninstalling the file causes damage to or deletes system-critical files in the /bin directory on the iPhone. In addition to harming the devices own software, third party utilities are also being rendered useless through the same means. This attack was orchestrated by an 11-year-old, and has some modmyifone.com forum members laughing to ease the pressure using references to the 1995 film Hackers, due to the similarity of circumstances.

Security blog F-Secure warns users to be wary, however; speaking to the modding community, blogger Jarno writes "Hopefully this serves as a warning for those who have opened their iPhones using a security hole in the system and then installing unverified software without a second thought to what they are doing."

He continues, "This time it was an 11-year-old kid playing with XML files who created the trojan. Next time it might be someone else with more skills and with specific target."

Any web sites that distributed the content have been made aware of the issue, and assured their sites are free of the problem.

Despite offering an upcoming official option for installing third party applications onto the iPhone and iPod touch, "jailbreaking" the devices remains popular. Jailbreaking allows users to install applications that range from video game emulators and fitness trackers, to instant message programs and online shopping portals.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Jailbreak

    In reality people jailbreak the phone mainly so that they can unlock them

  1. AlenShapiro

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: jailbreak

    This "people" did not!!

    All this people wanted to be able to do was read his books from his iPhone and, perhaps use Dial-up-Networking so his laptop could connect via his cell data network. Oh - and that "flashlight" application is soooo useful (prevented many a fall). This people did not need to unlock his phone and ruin Apple's marketing plans.

  1. marcelebrate

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: jailbreak

    rytc: I think you might be a bit off in that statement. I know many people who are happily with AT&T that jailbroke their phones to add on some of the great 3rd party applications that are available. Count me as one of them.

  1. xianman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: jailbreak

    I agree with people alenshapiro, I jailbroke my phone for all of the useful apps that are being made now - namely MobileScrobbler and all the great games out now.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    good for you

    Glad all of you can do so much with your "jailbreak" iPhones. Fact is - that is a hack - which opens you up to stuff like this happening.

    Ever do things like "read about something" before you buy it? If you needed to do those tasks so badly - then why not wait or purchase a device that would run them.

    Doofuses.

  1. docsharp76

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iPhone Trojan revealed

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  1. docsharp76

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    jailbreak?

    For now, the iphone is too costly. Go ipod!
    http://www.ipod-repair-guide.com

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