Last week a new worm was been infecting those jailbroken iPhones that still carry the same default ‘alpine’ password. We published a guide to change your default password of SSH, if you missed then check Secure Your Jailbroken iPhone and Change your Default Password. ABC News revealed the identity of the hacker behind the iKee virus, Ashley Towns, a 21-year-old TAFE student who lives with his family in Wollongong, south of Sydney, told ABC News Online he created the virus to raise the issue of security.
Speaking to ABC News, Ashley said [VIA]
When people jailbreak their phone, it allows them to install a service on their phone called SSH. Generally you should always change your password after setting up on the iPhone as all iPhones use the same password.This virus pretty much exploits people’s laziness to change their password.
How iKee worm works and spread
The iKee worm changes the wallpaper of your iPhone to that of popular 1980s singer Rick Astley, with an adjoining text ‘ikee is never going to give you up‘. The worm was initiated from the hacker’s phone by scanning the neighborhood 3G IP range as well as a few other random IP ranges for jailbroken iPhones whose SSH was turned on with the default root:alpine configuration. Once a vulnerable phone is detected, the worm replicates itself on to this new destination and repeats the process of scanning for more vulnerable handsets.
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