Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A New Backdoor Malware Targets iPad Device on Windows

Owners and users of the newly released Apple iPad should be wary of an unsolicited email that Scammers are circulating. The email appears to look like the one below:

Subject: "iPad Software Update"

Message: “Hello iPad user! There were released updates for software installed on your iPad device. It is very important to keep the software on your iPad updated for best performance, newer features and security. All you need is a computer with the latest version of iTunes and internet connection for updating your iPad software. It is important to say that during software update no data is lost. To get the latest version of iTunes software, please go to (webpage blocked for security purposes) and install the application. After this, connect your iPad device to the computer, select iPad in the iTunes sidebar. Click ‘Check for update’, to see if new version of iPad software is available or not and then click update to install the latest version of the software on iPad. Thank you!”

In their continued efforts to target mass users of popular devices and/or applications, malware developers have released a new backdoor malware being identified by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.ADDY

As seen above, the email was crafted to trick iPad owners and users into downloading software update from a Web page that looks like a legitimate iTunes download page, but which turns out to be malware that researchers say is capable of opening a back door on the targeted device, giving cybercriminals or hackers unauthorized access to it.

According to Sabina Datcu, technology writer for BitDefender “ After installing the supposed software update, the malware injects itself onto the "explorer.exe" process and opens up a back door that attackers can use to take control of the infected system.” It also attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software programs installed on the computer and logs passwords to the victim's ICQ, Messenger, and POP3 mail accounts, and protected storage, Datcu said.

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