Proof-of-concept iPod virus discovered

Summary:The virus, named Podloso, does not pose a real threat but signals an intent by malware authors to move beyond computers and smart phones.

Russian anti-virus specialists Kaspersky Lab has discovered what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept virus designed specifically to infect Apple's iPod devices.


The virus, named Podloso,does not pose a real threat but signals an intent by malware authors to move beyond computers and smart phones.

According to Kaspersky Lab, the virus is a file which can be launched and run on an iPod.

It should be stressed that in order for the virus to function, Linux has to be installed on the iPod. If the virus is installed to the iPod by the user, the virus then installs itself to the folder which contains program demo versions. Podloso cannot be launched automatically without user involvement.

Once launched, the virus scans the device's hard disk and infects all executable .elf format files. Any attempt to launch these files will cause the virus to display a message on the screen which says "You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus."

Podloso is a typical proof-of-concept virus. There are created to demonstrate that a specific platform is vulnerable but does not have a malicious payload.

Additionally, according to Kaspersky Lab, Podloso is unable to spread. The user has to save the virus to the iPod memory for the device to become infected. 

Topics: Apple, Security


Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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