In the past weeks , the www. was full of stories about malicious iPhone worms. Today a new story was published by the BBC news website , and while this worm seems like a fair threat , the title of the story is quite choppy and amateurish “New iPhone worm can act like botnet say expert“. Ohhhh the experts are saying that? Which experts? Ohh those experts, then it must be true. Let the panic beginnnnn…..
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It is specifically targeting people in the Netherlands who are using their iPhones for internet banking with Dutch online bank ING.It redirects the bank’s customers to a lookalike site with a log-in screen.The worm attacks “jail-broken” phones – a modification which enables the user to run non-Apple approved software on their handset.
We are keep on wondering why this worms come as a shock to many iPhone users. Your iPhone is not just a phone, its a computer, of course malicious software can be written and spread. However , the panic that is spread amongst users is unjustified.
First of all, if you are on a non-jailbroken iPhone, you don’t have a single reason to worry about. You are golden. This early worms are attacking jailbroken iPhones ONLY. If that is the case, there is an easy fix for this: CHANGE THE PASSWORD. Every single iDevice in this world has the same password: alpine. Change it!!!
1. Load MobileTerminal and type
- su root
- passwd root ( type your new password twice )
- passwd mobile ( type your new password twice )
2. Done deal, you are save.
EDIT: some text removed upon friendly request
PS: this kind of stories are not worthy of wasting your time over and over again. Until something is a major threat to the iPhone users, i doubt we will write more about this worms.