Earlier this week, a virus known as the ikee worm was released as a prank by Ashley Towns, in order to warn the iPhone users about the potential dangers they can face.
However, a genuine worm threat has now been detected for the Apple iPhone that operates by stealth and allows hackers to steal important information from a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch.
The new worm does not make any immediate changes to the user’s device, making it hard to detect whether the phone has been infected or not.
This new worm is far more dangerous than the ikee worm. It makes use of the same vulnerability in the iPhone as the ikee worm, and allows hackers to connect to any jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch whose owners have not changed the root password.
After the connection has been set up, the hacker can silently copy any amount of user data from a compromised iPhone, including e-mail, contacts, SMSs, calendars, photos, music files, videos, as well as any data recorded by any iPhone app.
The ikee worm exposed itself by changing the iPhone’s wallpaper, and this made the phone user know about its presence. However, this new hacker tool gives no indication about its presence on an iPhone.
Hackers will use this tool by installing it on a computer, Mac, PC, Unix or Linux, and see it work. It scans the network accessible to it, and when it finds a jailbroken iPhone, breaks into it, then steals data and records it.
The best way to avoid any leakage of information is by changing the root and mobile passwords as soon as possible, in case you have a jailbroken iPhone.