iPhone Unlocking Tricks get PCs into Trouble

A malware-spreading mechanism targeting the

This is how the story goes: you receive an e-mail in which you find out that you might get your hands on a new version of an iPhone unlocking application which basically allows you to overcome vendor set network restrictions. All you have to do is….yes, click a link that will take you to the web page on which the technical wonder awaits you.

As you get further on into the maze of this scheme and actually click the link, you land on a web page which provides instructions to be followed in order to download the unlocking application.

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Fig. 2 The download page of the alleged iPhone unlocking application

First off, you are to connect the iPhone to the PC, then download “the new modified” application and run it on the iPhone. And that’s when the magic begins: once downloaded and run, the executable opens up the way for a nice Trojan to fester on your PC.

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Fig 3. The “enhanced” version of the executable hides Trojan.BAT.AACL

Identified by BitDefender as Trojan.BAT.AACL, this piece of malware comes as a Windows batch file packed alongside the iPhone jailbreaking application. The Trojan attempts to change the preferred DNS server address for several possible Internet connections on the users’ computers to 188.210.[REMOVED]. This allows the malware creators to intercept the victims’ calls to reach Internet sites and to redirect them to their own malware-laden versions of those sites.

The technical information in this article was made available courtesy of Mihai Andrei Livadariu, BitDefender virus researcher.

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Ioana Jelea

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia. From gory, though sometimes fake, death reports to nip slips and other such blush-inducing accidents, her repertoire is an ever-expanding manifesto against any Victorian-like frame of thought that puts a strain on online creativity. She would like to keep things simple, but she never does.