Rickroll virus attacks iPhones

Rickroll virus attacks iPhones

Summary: The 'ikee' worm replaces the infected device's background picture with an image of Rick Astley.


An Australian has released a virus for the Apple iPhone, 'ikee', which replaces the infected device's background picture with an image of singer Rick Astley.

Security companies Sophos and F-Secure have issued warnings to owners of jailbroken iPhones to change root log-in passwords immediately. All iPhones are issued with the same root log-in password.

The worm, labelled "ikee", spreads using SSH (secure shell) protocol, which iPhones use to exchange data on a network.

iPhones are not shipped with SSH enabled. Users who do not have the messaging feature turned on should not be vulnerable; however, Sophos head of technology Paul Ducklin said if the feature has been enabled and the root password has not been changed, "you are woefully insecure".

According to fellow Sophos security consultant, Graham Cluley, the author of the virus is believed to be Ashley Towns, who operates on Twitter under the @ikee account.

Read more of "Rickroll virus attacks iPhones" at ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Mobile OS, Mobility, Security, Software

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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