There's a new worm on the radar. And, this time, it's a bit more nefarious than anything Rick Astley could have ever imagined himself.
The worm is the first malicious infestation to hit the iPhone, the first merely displaying a picture of 1980's crooner Rick Astley - although music lovers might claim that was pretty malicious as well.
In other words, this worm isn't just for "fun." There is an obvious financial motive behind this newly discovered attack.
The worm attacks jailbroken phones and sneakily redirects bank customers to a cloned, look-alike site prompting one to enter their username and password. Naturally, the bank is now frantically trying to get the word out to customers in a hurried fashion.
Unfortunately, it isn't yet clear just how many iPhones may be infected. Once thought to be merely in the hundreds, it's now more likely that the number has increased into the thousands. As warned by F-Secure, the aforementioned worm can recruit iPhones to a botnet and skip around among phones currently sharing the same wi-fi hotspot.
"It's the second iPhone worm ever and the first that's clearly malicious - there's a clear financial motive behind it," says F-Secure research director Mikko Hyponen."It's fairly isolated and specific to Netherlands but it is capable of spreading."
To help spread the word and not the worm, F-Secure is endeavoring to publish as many known details as possible of the worm. You can check out their official blog originating from Lithuania by clicking here.
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