Friday, January 11, 2008

First iPhone Trojan Confirmed and Identified

Well, you knew it was only a matter of time. Although it's more a pain to the owner than a true data stealing nightmare, the first Trojan software for the iPhone has appeared.

It's disguised as a leaked version of the upcoming update from Apple called 1.1.3. The Trojan is being referred to as “113 prep” and “iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep”.

When installed owners are reporting all they saw was a message stating "shoes", but when the software was un-installed, problems resulted.

After removing the program, it was discovered that the OpenSSH encryption had been overwritten, the /bin folder contents were deleted, and "Erica's Utilities" had been crippled. Amazingly enough it appears that simply reinstalling the affected applications fixes the problem and there are no apparent long term effects... yet.

My take: If anyone doubted the popularity of the iPhone this should pretty well end that debate. This is probably the first of many of these types of programs that we'll see. The website that had the program available has now disappeared from the 'net, but this only reinforces what I've said for years about downloading only from reliable sources. Remember, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

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