The first-ever iPhone worm has surfaced in Australia, leaving owners of Apple mobile phones condemned to stare at the fizzog of 80s throwback Rick Astley in perpetuity until it can be removed.
According to anti-virus experts Sophos, the Ikee worm substitutes the handset's default wallpaper with a snap of the Stock Aitken & Waterman crooner and displays the message: “Ikee is never going to give you up”.
Apparently, only jailbroken iPhones which have Unix’s SSH software installed are vulnerable to the worm, with those that still employ the default password ‘alpine’ thought to be especially at risk.
The worm spreads by rifling through the contact lists in handsets to find other jailbroken iPhones.
However, despite a message in the worm being uncovered that indicates that affected handset owners’ “bank details [are] at stake”, it seems that in reality the worm is little more than an irritant and is no danger to personal security.
Currently, no iPhone users outside Australia are thought to have been infected.
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