Scammers jump on the iPhone bandwagon

Summary:According to Sunbelt Software, scammers are using the iPhone to try to steal money from unwitting customers looking to get their hands on the new Apple cellphone.

According to Sunbelt Software, scammers are using the iPhone to try to steal money from unwitting customers looking to get their hands on the new Apple cellphone.

This morning, Sunbelt researchers discovered a new custom Trojan that attempts to steal money by selling a fake iPhone. This Trojan looks custom-built and has very poor coverage by AV vendors (report here).

The malware produces a popup, triggered by going to yahoo.com or google.com. There are multiple types of popups, including one saying “supported by Google” and one “supported by Yahoo”.

Scammers sell iPhone

So there you have it: A trojan that spawns a fake popup for an iPhone, using a BHO to redirect you to a fake iPhone.com. If you order this phone, you’re assuredly be contributing to lining the malware author’s pockets, and you can forget getting your iPhone.

This seems like a very cleverly crafted attack.  I hope the AV companies get up to speed on this Trojan soon.

Topics: iPhone, Malware, Mobility

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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