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Offline persia

The iPhone Gets Rickrolled!
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:15:12 PM »

There's a first time for everything, and over the weekend the iPhone got an unwelcome first: an "in the wild" worm, which (luckily for most of us) can only crawl its way into jailbroken iPhones. But before you panic, know that the "ikee" worm appears to be more of a prank—and a warning—than a real threat.

Forbes.com reports that the worm, dubbed "ikee," was found nesting in jailbroken iPhones in Australia by security research firms Sophos and F-Secure. (A "jailbroken" iPhone that's been unlocked or otherwise hacked; if you don't know what a jailbroken iPhone is, you probably don't have one, so relax.)

The "ikee" worm doesn't do anything all that malicious, according to this F-Secure blog post; it won't take over your iPhone and/or steal all your data.

Instead, the worm simply changes your iPhone wallpaper to a picture of ... 80's pop singer Rick Astley, along with the caption, "ikee is never gonna give you up." And that's pretty much it.

Indeed, as Forbes.com notes, the coder behind the "ikee" worm seems more intent on warning iPhone jailbreakers about taking proper security precautions than causing any real damage.


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