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New Malware Attack Targets iPad Users

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.
    here come the attacks... :eek:


    Security software firm BitDefender posted a warning about a new malware attack targeting Windows iTunes and iPad users.

    The attack uses e-mail and a bit of social engineering to try to get unsuspecting users to download an update for iTunes, purportedly to improve or add support for the iPad. The e-mail then contains a link to software that downloads malware in the guise of an iTunes update for Windows.

    BitDefender has identified this malware as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY. The company says that the code injects itself into explorer.exe (one of the background Windows processes), which then opens up an infected system to potential access and control by a third party.

    This piece of software is especially nasty because it also tries to read serial numbers and passwords for different programs, including ICQ, Messenger, POP3 e-mail accounts and any protected storage.

    Once again, this targeted attack only affects Windows users; if you use a Mac, you?re fine.

    Tips to Avoid iTunes Malware

    Although Apple occasionally sends out e-mails to customers about new updates to its software including iTunes, these e-mails always link directly to Apple.com and are not direct download links. Be cautious of any e-mail that contains a direct download link.

    * Make sure you are running some form of antivirus or anti-malware program on your computer. There are free solutions from Microsoft and AVG if you are on a budget.

    * Keep your antivirus and anti-malware software up to date.

    * Make sure your iTunes software downloads are either from Apple.com/itunes/download, from Apple?s Software Update program (installed along with iTunes in Windows) or from within iTunes itself.