Cybercriminals capitalise on jailbreak ruling

Cybercriminals attempt to lure iPhone users with promise of free unlocking software

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Cybercriminals capitalise on jailbreak ruling Cybercriminals are attempting to lure iPhone users with the offer of free unlocking software.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 29, 2010

Jailbreaking iPhones many have just been ruled legal in the US, but cyber criminals are already rushing to exploit the demand for unlocking software.

The US Library of Congress ruled this week that it was legal for owners of iPhones and other digital devices which are supplied with software to prevent installation of unauthorised third party programs or use of other telephony providers, to ‘jailbreak' or unlock such devices, to remove the protection.

Now security company BitDefender is warning of a Trojan that is hidden on a fake webpage that offers free unlocking software. The web address for the page is being circulated as a spam email, offering free unlocking if you simply click the link. Visitors to the page however, will then find that Trojan.Generic.3010833, a keylogger attempts to download to their PC. The keylogger will attempt to log all data entered to the PC via the keyboard, and then transmit it to a control site.

BitDefender is warning all users never to open suspicious links or attachments without scanning them first.

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