By April 26, 2010

Early iPad virus strikes users

BitDefender_logo Just had an email from the chaps over at BitDefender about a threat that’s targetting iPad owners and while it doesn’t directly attack or infect the iPad it plays upon the fact that iPad owners may want the latest firmware for their new toy.


BitDefender has identified a virus targeting the estimated 600,000 iPads sold since its release.

An email promising “.best performance, newer features and security” instructs iPad users to download the latest version of iTunes onto their PC to begin the update, and provides a bogus link to do so.

Following the malicious link shows a perfect imitation of the one they would use for legitimate iTunes software downloads, which results in malware being downloaded onto the user’s system and leaving their sensitive data open to exploitation.

Identified by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, the piece of malicious code inadvertently downloaded injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorized access to and control over the affected system.

Moreover, Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer, while also logging the passwords to the victim’s ICQ, Messenger, POP3 mail accounts, and protected storage.

It is important to say that Mac users remain unaffected by this piece of malware.

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Posted by: Matt

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