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iKee Virus : Ashley made the virus to raise the issue of security

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iPhoneikeevirus 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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  1. Carlos March 30, 2010 Reply

    Hackers love to bask in the glory of their ‘achievements’ – and we’re supposed to grudgingly admire them and even thank them for their efforts. Unlucky. Vandals don’t deserve respect in cyberspace any more than on terra firma. It’s like someone throwing a brick through your greenhouse in order to prove to you that glass breaks and wood can splinter. Firstly, we already know and secondly, without the unnecessarily malicious act there’d be no need to get anything fixed.

  2. Geekoid November 12, 2009 Reply

    @NYNTK: And while he does that, all the other hackers out there will quietly write viruses that secretly infect all vulnerable iPhones…

    Open your mind you dolt.

    He made people aware of the issue, without causing any damage to the iPhones in question.

  3. Nobody you need to know November 12, 2009 Reply

    Ashley Towns is a low life. He needs to concentrate on his “TAFE” course… Whatever that may be for!

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