– Installing unofficial programs on devices can lead to malware infections if no precautionary measures are taken

– PandaLabs has prepared a video explaining how the iPhone/Eeki.A virus works. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBINaCWgA58&feature=channel

 

The creation and distribution of the iPhone/Eeki.A worm for iPhones, which displays a picture of the pop singer Rick Astley on infected devices, has exposed the weakness of phones jailbroken to download and use unofficial applications. The picture is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/4098438486/

PandaLabs, Panda Security’s laboratory, has prepared a video explaining how the malware work

Jailbroken iPhones can run unofficial code. Normally, these devices have an SSH tool installed that allows them to access remote computers across a network. This, together with the phone’s default password, which many users keep, makes the device vulnerable to possible malware attacks. To avoid falling victim to these attacks, Panda Security recommends that users change the phone’s default password, as well as stopping the SSH service if not in use.

“In any event, this malware specimen is not harmful. Its creator is trying to raise awareness of the need to protect sensitive data stored in these devices. In this case, the virus only changes the iPhone’s wallpaper and spreads to other devices. However, poor security could encourage cyber-crooks to create more harmful viruses or viruses that access private data”, explains Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs.