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The iPhone has its first worm: Rick Roll'd!

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Nov 2009 0:25 User comments (14)

The iPhone has its first worm: Rick Roll'd! The Apple iPhone has its first virus, a wonderful Rick Rolling worm that has been infecting jailbroken phones in Australia this week.
The worm, dubbed Ikee, changes the wallpaper of the exploited phones to a picture of Rick Astley and then looks to infect other phones.

Despite being harmless now, "there is a real danger that someone could take this code and make it do something malicious," says Graham Cluley, a technology consultant with security vendor Sophos, however.

So far, the only users vulnerable are those using jailbroken phones with SSH running. Many of the users are still using the default password, allowing for easy access. SSH allows for remote access between the phone and the Internet.

The worm was written by a young Australian, Ashley Towns, who was bored and decided to prank some friends. "It was supposed to be a small prank I definitely wasn't expecting it to get as far as it did," says Towns.

Many of those hit by the virus added that they thanked Towns after for getting them to wise up and change the password.

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14 user comments

19.11.2009 1:15

great. here we go...

pretty sure there will be more to come...

29.11.2009 3:33

I can see it now, a group of friends all sat in a mall dribbling over each other's iPhones (didn't anyone tell them that you can actually use phones to make calls instead of showing them off as fashion accessories) and Rick Astley breaks out across the group.
How apt, owned.




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39.11.2009 3:33

Haha I always wanted to rick roll my buddys on there iphone..

49.11.2009 9:00

Originally posted by creaky:
I can see it now, a group of friends all sat in a mall dribbling over each other's iPhones (didn't anyone tell them that you can actually use phones to make calls instead of showing them off as fashion accessories) and Rick Astley breaks out across the group.
How apt, owned.
Wait you can use cell phones to make calls? Why didn't anyone tell me this before?!

59.11.2009 9:09

Originally posted by snake2:
Wait you can use cell phones to make calls? Why didn't anyone tell me this before?!
Sorry, can't take your call right now, have to take this video call from Rick Astley.



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69.11.2009 12:01

Quote:
Originally posted by creaky:
I can see it now, a group of friends all sat in a mall dribbling over each other's iPhones (didn't anyone tell them that you can actually use phones to make calls instead of showing them off as fashion accessories) and Rick Astley breaks out across the group.
How apt, owned.
Wait you can use cell phones to make calls? Why didn't anyone tell me this before?!
Unfortunately, the fact that iPhones cannot be used reliably as a phone has made them a fashion accessory/game device.

79.11.2009 14:30

Originally posted by emugamer:
Quote:
Unfortunately, the fact that iPhones cannot be used reliably as a phone has made them a fashion accessory/game device.
Never had an issue using mine as a phone or anything else for that matter.

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89.11.2009 19:02

But it's an Apple... how did it get a virus???

99.11.2009 19:23

Originally posted by ThePastor:
But it's an Apple... how did it get a virus???

Because they were hacked by their owners, making them more susceptible.

109.11.2009 20:31

Quote:
Originally posted by ThePastor:
But it's an Apple... how did it get a virus???

Because they were hacked by their owners, making them more susceptible.
Wonder how long it takes Apple to realize this can be used as a way to keep people from jail-breaking.

1110.11.2009 5:28

Quote:
Originally posted by ThePastor:
But it's an Apple... how did it get a virus???

Because they were hacked by their owners, making them more susceptible.
No, because they didn't change their passwords. If everyone who had a MAC was using the same password. It's very silly to blame jailbreaking, or even apple for this. It is a user error...you might as well say that the calculator is broken because 5+5=10, but it gave the result as 9 when you entered 5+4.

BTW...there are apple viruses and trojans and spyware...they just are not very common because there are few apples around, and those who have them don't do much of anything with them.

1211.11.2009 4:22
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1311.11.2009 7:39

I seen this coming a long long time ago.

When Apple announced the closed ecosystem they had planned, they instantly created a pool of users that refuse to be contained by it. Fortunately this fellow used the incident as a warning.

Now that the code is out on the interwebs for others to use? Who knows..

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 14 Nov 2009 @ 16:15


Down with sigs.

1412.11.2009 10:53

Ahh...the classic rickroll. It's been so long. I thought everyone had given up on that cheesy crap. It's so immature.
/leaves to go rickroll some people

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