New Malware Threat Targets iPad Owners

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Computer security company BitDefender is warning that a new malware threat has cropped up for PC users that own iPads. The threat comes in the form of an email telling iPad owners they need to download a new version of iTunes, complete with a link to a Web site with a download link for an app that gives attackers access to their computer.

The email link directs users to a Web site that looks just like Apple’s iTunes download page where victims can download what appears to be an updated version of the iTunes application for Windows, but instead is an installer for the malware BitDefender is calling Backdoor.Bitfrose.AADY. Once installed, attackers can potentially gain access to the serial numbers and registration keys for installed applications, passwords for POP3 email accounts ICQ and Messenger passwords, and the computer’s protected storage area.

Since the malware application runs only on Windows-based PCs, Mac users won’t be impacted. Based on the number of iPads Apple is selling, however, there are likely a substantial number of Windows users that could get stung by this threat.

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

derpassante

Shocking.  Windows malware trying to bite my Apple iPad.

geoduck

Interesting timing. Yesterday Apple DID release an update to iTunes.

Lee Dronick

The malware only infects the PC, not the iPad?

cb50dc

Heads up to Windows users (and a good habit for Macs as well):

You can’t go wrong if you get software updates ONLY from http://support.apple.com/downloads/.

Mouseover any hotlink and it should show you the actual URL, probably in the lower left corner of your browser window.
If it starts with anything other than http://support.apple.com, just don’t go there.

(If I’m misrepresenting something, I welcome correction and clarification from anyone who can expand on this.)

Intruder

Since Apple doesn’t send out e-mails telling you that you need to update software, this (one would think) should be easy to avoid.

Lee Dronick

Since Apple doesn?t send out e-mails telling you that you need to update software, this (one would think) should be easy to avoid.

Most Mac users know that, but many iPads, iPhones, and iPods are sold to Windows users who may not be familiar with the procedure.

daemon

Most Mac users know that, but many iPads, iPhones, and iPods are sold to Windows users who may not be familiar with the procedure.

Yeah, because everyone knows the only way to get a Microsoft update is if they email it to you….[/sarcasm]

cb50dc

Most Mac users know that, but many iPads, iPhones, and iPods are sold to Windows users who may not be familiar with the procedure.

Exactly. It’s the same principle undergirding why you get those emails promising to enhance your, uh, self-esteem, or get Canadian meds, or meet hot Russian women, or help that Nigerian prince. e-predators know that if they blast out a couple of million emails, they’ll get some who bite.

It is obvious enough to most Mac users ? and even more so for anyone who cares enough to take part in these forums. But we’re a minority within a minority.

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