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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. oo3's Avatar
      oo3 -
      It's a shame people are actually that stupid to do that. If it is not on mmi, I don't trust it.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      lol @ "jailbrake"
    1. Classick's Avatar
      Classick -
      Jailbrake. LMAO.

      The Trojan does not, as yet, affect Mac OS X computers.
      8-)
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      i am just desperate for a jailbreak for my iPad!
    1. deshawn1680's Avatar
      deshawn1680 -
      Agrees w/oo3 (:-p)
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by oo3 View Post
      It's a shame people are actually that stupid to do that. If it is not on mmi, I don't trust it.
      same here, if they dont post a jailbreak from the devteam or geo then i aint falling for it!
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      lol! Jailbrake? seriously?
      I love my Mac!
    1. Newo's Avatar
      Newo -
      i dont click on anything for my iphone unless its through here or remond pie, otherwise, its all just a big scam to me.
    1. lexquiles's Avatar
      lexquiles -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      same here, if they dont post a jailbreak from the devteam or geo then i aint falling for it!
      +1
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      The average user doesn't really know much about jailbreaking. Hell, all I can TRULY say I know is that I trust the devteam and only the devteam, yet I have been doing this since iPhone OS 1.0.1! Plenty of people hear "jailbreak" in passing, do a quick google search, and try and use what they find. This doesn't make them stupid, just not educated in the specific subject. I know doctors that wouldn't know the first thing about jailbreaking, unlocking, etc.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      gotta love OS X =]
    1. deshawn1680's Avatar
      deshawn1680 -
      I'm so glad I found this site! I love it! It saved my 3GS from being stuck on 3.1.3. I was able to downgrade back to 3.1.2 and re-jailbreak using Blackra1n.
    1. sLevin1fo's Avatar
      sLevin1fo -
      Yea they almost had me. Some people are stupid and some are just vulnerable. Who does not want their iPhone running 3.1.3 on 5.12 Jailbroken/Unlocked?

      -I Do..

      PS. I love my 199.99 Acer Netbook running Snow Leapord 10.6.3.
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      hate when ppl does that type of scam!
      trajon hours? sh*t, they went far this time.
      that's y i only check this website from time to time, for a genuine jailbreak release.
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      Ha HA!
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Before I convinced myself that it was worth it to JB, I'd done very extensive research (love my iphone too much to waste it) and even after coming upon MMi, I spent many days just reading posts to be sure I was onto something real ...I'm glad it all paid off and I trust the DevTeam, plus if it's not on their site or here, I won't even bat an eyelid in it's direction...

      As for the chaps that fall for these useless scams, I'm only sorry for them, but I guess once bitten...
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ro0oney View Post
      hate when ppl does that type of scam!
      trajon hours? sh*t, they went far this time.
      that's y i only check this website from time to time, for a genuine jailbreak release.
      Trajon hours???? LMAO!!!
    1. Fodd1337's Avatar
      Fodd1337 -
      Once again, it's Mac OS X FTW!!!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      u'm lucky this wasnt around when i attempted my first jaibreak, since i didnt know of mmi, i probably would of fallen for it
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      gotta love OS X =]
      you need help.