Apr 26 2010

iPad Users on Windows Targeted with Virus

iPad users on Windows computers are being targeted with malware, according to BitDefender. The users have been receiving emails with the subject line “iPad Software Update” that have a link to a page that looks like a legitimate download page where the user can download what is allegedly an iTunes update. However, the download is actually Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, which opens a backdoor allowing hackers to take control of a system whenever they want. The malware also tries to read the keys and serial numbers of software installed on the computer and logs passwords to the user’s ICQ, Messenger, and POP3 mail accounts.

There are some things Windows users can do to keep themselves safe: most importantly, they should realize that when Apple releases an update, it always releases a lot of documentation pertaining to the update. Windows users should search the Internet for information about their updates and download them from the Apple website (that is, do not click any links—just go directly to apple.com).

Mac users are not affected by this malware. As an Apple fan, my response will probably be pretty predictable: this is yet another reason to switch to Mac.

Via CNET News, image via BitDefender.

3 Comments on this post

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  1. may@musicboxes said:

    …that makes me wish I can afford a Mac..:(

    April 27th, 2010 at 6:29 am
  2. sjc1963 said:

    If everyone switched to Macs than they would still have the same problem. The main reason why Macs don’t have that many viruses, and the like, is that hardly anyone uses them so it is not worth a hacker’s time and afford to write them. My sister has a Mac laptop and she runs Windows on it.

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:13 am
  3. used tires said:

    Yea, the more popular something is, the more it will be targeted by hackers and the like. A good example of this is how Internet Explorer is targeted more than the other browsers.

    Till then,

    Jean

    May 1st, 2010 at 6:17 am

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