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  • Stupid "Jailbrake" Scam Spreads Malware

    A recently discovered Trojan is being spread by inexperienced users' interest in jailbreaking their phones. As reported by BitDefender, the malware authors send out spam email promising users a simple unlock. The spam directs users to a website where they can download software, which hijacks the Windows computer's DNS requests to their own server, allowing them to redirect users to fake, malwarey versions of popular websites. The Trojan does not, as yet, affect Mac OS X computers.

    According to the email, users can easily unlock their iPhones by clicking onto a link and going to a website. Once on the page (which supposedly teaches users how they can "jailbrake" their iPhones), users are directed to connect their iPhone to the PC. Once connected, they download an application to their PC and "run it on their iPhone" (though BitDefender doesn't make it clear how an app can be loaded on the iPhone without iTunes). Apparently, though, the iPhone program hides malware that is being identified by BitDefender as Trojan.BAT.AACL. All this Trojan does is redirect DNS requests to a site on the 188.210.x.x. subnet. Unsuspecting users can then be subject to phishing and other attacks while thinking they're browsing legitimate websites.

    Sometimes it's hard to remember how really obvious some of these scams are. However, they work by the numbers, and even if one in a thousand users is gullible enough to fall for the solicitation, that's worth a lot of money to the scamsters.

    But still: "jailbrake?"
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Stupid "Jailbrake" Scam Spreads Malware started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      lol oh geez.
    1. Speedy_x's Avatar
      Speedy_x -
      Jailbrake = fail
    1. haha123's Avatar
      haha123 -
      Epic fail tbh.
    1. cavids's Avatar
      cavids -
      Man the opinions on this subject really do show that some of the members have the maturity of a pea. Lets face it the iphone is a phone, a nice one but still a phone. Every person will have their own idea of what they want to do with it, and for some it will need to be jailbroken. Personally I have never needed mine to be jailbroken, it has done everything I needd it to do and more just as it came to me from Apple. Now however it do need it to do more, I need the mywi, as it will save me fro having to pay ATT to have 3g on my ipad. This is, however the only reason I need it to be jailbroken. That bieng said, there is a line between how much I need that feature and how much time I would have to devote to actually learning all the ins and outs of jailbreaking my iphone.
      My point is that not everyone who does not do countless hours of research on jailbreaking is an idiot. Some people do just want a simple solution, not a life change.
      Simple example, how many out there can actually rebuild the engine in their car? How many could even change the oil? Does it make you an idiot if you cannot rebuild the engine in your car? Trust me there are alot of ways to improve on any stock car, motorcycle or boat. Some people actually want more performance but do not want to learn to completely rebuild their engine, they will hire someone to do that. This is the case of some people paying for a jailbreak service, they feel that someone who has the knowledge to rebuild the engine can do the work better and safer than them trying on their own. The amount of work to learn to rebuild an engine is way more than they need for a one time fix up of their car.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea but it is also that these sites that are selling jailbreaks are using software that is free and the teams try to put that in the software so even after the people buy it they can try and fight for money back since it is free.
    1. cavids's Avatar
      cavids -
      I agree there but a lot of times you do not find out they are selling you freeware until it is too late, if my wife decided she wanted her phone jail broken she would for sure want it done for her, she would not want to try and learn how to do it, that is just her, and believe me when I tell you she is not dumb. Some people just do not want to learn. Now if it involved making a bacteria that eats plastic she would be all over it, and she did, she even has a patent for it.
    1. jadenyuki678's Avatar
      jadenyuki678 -
      pwn noobs lol jailbrake