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Second iPhone Worm Used For Malicious Purposes

November 23, 2009

There has been news today of yet another iPhone worm that affects users who have unsecured SSH installed on their device.

Security Company, F-Secure, has unearthed this latest worm for the iPhone which targets people in the Netherlands, as it did before with the first exploit of unsecured SSH. It targets users who use their iPhone to online bank with ING. Much like a phishing attack, it redirects the bank’s users to a look-a-like website with a log-in screen.

The worm only affects jailbroken devices as before, and only devices with SSH that has the default password are affected. This latest worm is more serious than the ones prior, as they were created to warn people, that things such as this could happen. The security company, F-Secure, have also said that it can behave like a botnet and send itself to other un-secure devices on a local WiFi network.

The phone can be controlled by the hacker remotely without the knowledge or permission of the user. Hackers can ring people, text people, copy your contacts or what ever they wish with your device if it’s left open. At the moment it’s only spreading around the Netherlands, but soon enough malicious hackers will most likely take advantage of the users who don’t change the default password.

A spokesperson for ING Bank said that a warning was going to be put on the bank’s official website.

“We are also briefing call centre personnel,” she added. “It’s important to remember that the worm only affects jail-broken phones and it is only aimed at customers in the Netherlands.”

If your device is jailbroken and you believe SSH maybe, or is installed then please read this guide to secure your device. Many other guides will not fully protect you as they only change the mobile user password and not the root.

If you wish to read more from F-Secure on this issue click here.

Related:

How To: Change Your iPhone’s SSH Password
Dutch Hacker Hack’s Into Jailbroken iPhone’s
iPhone Worm Rickrolls Jailbroken Devices

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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Hacked To Allow Intel Atom Chip

November 23, 2009

As I previously thought, hackers have worked around Apple’s decision to disable the Intel Atom chip in the latestrelease of the operating system (10.6.2). It only took 2 weeks for hackers to figure out how to fix the change, however it doesn’t come without it risks. It’s a full-on replacement kernel for OS X. It was developed by a member of the InsanelyMac forum and it requires a bit of fine tuning to get installed. Download and use at your own risk, links below.

Download the patched kernel


Related:
Apple Killing Off Intel Atom Support
Mac OS X 10.6.2 Developer Build Fixes Atom Support


Blog Update 23/11/2009

November 23, 2009

Today I’m planning on doing quite a few new posts as recently I haven’t been posting many due to not having a computer for over a month and then lots of work for college. This is just a quick update to say that the blog is moving into more of technology than just Apple products but also other technology based articles.
Not only am I going to start doing more articles, I’m also going to start reviewing products as I’ve had some sent to me and I’ll be reviewing those shortly.
Unfortunately today I found out that the domain I was going to purchase this week has already been sold, so the website may be delayed for a while until I can think of the best domain to purchase.