Rickroll virus author hired by iPhone app company

Rickroll virus author hired by iPhone app company

Summary: The creator of the 'ikee' worm, which replaced the wallpaper of jailbroken iPhones with a picture of Rick Astley, has been hired by Australian app developers Mogeneration

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Ashley Towns, the Australian behind the ikee iPhone worm that replaced the background picture of insecure jailbroken iPhones, has reportedly been hired by Sydney company Mogeneration.

The BBC reports that a spokesperson for iPhone app developers Mogeneration said: "We interviewed Ashley, assessed him with our iPhone developer test — which he passed with flying colours — and we employed him today."

The virus replaced the infected device's background picture with an image of Rick Astley

The news has drawn fire from Sophos security consultant Graham Cluley, who wrote in his blog: "It jars with me that Towns has shown no regret for what he did, and that now his utterly irresponsible behaviour appears to have been rewarded."

For more on this story, see Mogeneration hires Rickroll virus author on ZDNet Australia.

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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