Monday, April 26, 2010

iPad Malware Unleashed

Malware scammers are trying to trick early iPad buyers into installing backdoor software on Windows machines, according to a security firm.

The miscreants are passing emails claiming that the iPad needs an iTunes update for "best performance, newer features and security", to be installed via their PC. Malicious links direct victims to a convincing bogus download page, said AV outfit BitDefender.

Security firm BitDefender has identified a virus targeting early iPad adopters. The threat comes in the form of an email promising “…best performance, newer features and security,” which instructs users to download the latest version of iTunes onto their PC, and perform an update for their tablet device.

“Although the iPad has not yet been officially released for sale in the UK, BitDefender has already identified malware targeting the early adopters,” the company states on its website. The email in question contains a malicious link that takes users to what BitDefender calls “a perfect imitation of the one they would use for legitimate iTunes software downloads.” Once the user follows all the required steps, the process ends with malware being downloaded onto their system.

It is unclear why the company entitled its latest security memo “Warning on Early iPad Virus,” since the malware actually affects Windows-running PCs.

1 comment:

  1. Why would you not show the return email address (at least a part of it) and more of the URL?

    I always check the URL before I go to any site, when something arrives in my email. Plus, I always check the return address to see if it is something that looks valid (which, lately, seems more and more of an outdated concept, but, still....)

    That might help iPad owners.

    Thanks for the 411 on this.

    Just sayin'.


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