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iPhone Jailbreaking: Legal, but Dangerous

After the announcement that iPhone jailbreaking has become legal in US, a malware-spreading campaign targeting the

Owners of iPhones are one step closer to taking total control of their widgets, after US pronounced legal the practice of "jailbreaking", on Monday, the 26th of July 2010. 

This means that anyone can jailbreak or unlock any cell phone without fear of legal consequences. Still, iPhone unlocking fans should pay attention to the software they download for this operation, because cybercriminals never sleep.

And this is how the story goes: you receive an e-mail in which you find out that you might get a new application for iPhone jailbreaking.  All you have to do is click a link that will take you to the web page on which the desired software awaits you.

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Figure 1: The email offering the wonder-software

As you go further into this labyrinth and click the link, an exe file attempts to download onto your computer. But once saved and run, the executable opens up the way for a nice Trojan.

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Figure 2: The software proves to be malware

Identified by BitDefender as Trojan.Generic.3010833, this piece of malware is a keylogger that transmits everything the user writes on the computer to a specific email address, in this particular case to directory[REMOVED]@hotmail.com.

This allows the malware creators to intercept the victim’s visited sites, usernames, passwords, bank accounts information, such as pin number, bank account numbers, passwords, etc.

In order to stay safe, never open suspicious links or attachments without scanning them first. Install and update a complete antimalware software solution.

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About the author

Sabina DATCU

Sabina Datcu, PhD has background training in Applied Informatics and Statistics, Biology and Foreign Languages and Literatures. In 2003 she obtained a master degree in Systems Ecology and in 2009 a PhD degree in Applied Informatics and Statistics.
Since 2001, she was involved in University of Bucharest's FP 5 and FP6 European projects, as researcher in Information and Knowledge Management field.

In 2009, she joined the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender as technology writer and researcher, and started to write a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases.