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Unhappy birthday to you - mobile malware turns 10


It's 10 years since June 2004, when the first mobile malware appeared.

We don't want to *celebrate* this anniversary, you understand, but we thought we'd look back to see what we can learn...

Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S finally fall to jailbreakers


Apple's most hacker-resistant hardware to date - the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, which are built around the Apple A5 chip - can now be jailbroken.

Should you rush to slither free of Apple's fiscal tentacles?

Apple iPad and iPhone infection risk?

Apple iPad and iPhone infection risk?

Major Australian media outfit Fairfax ran a story throughout the weekend warning about "Apple store infection risk". This was understandably a hot story across most of its dailies, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today. Read more…

Ikee worm author gets job at iPhone app firm

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The author of the world's first iPhone worm must be feeling pretty chirpy today, because he's managed to get himself a job as an iPhone application developer. 21-year-old Australian Ashley Towns, revealed that he was going to join mogeneration (What Read more…

Lightning strikes again: iPhone malware gets truly malicious

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Two weeks ago I reported on Ikee, the world's first iPhone worm which was spreading between jailbroken devices in Australia, replacing wallpaper with an image of Rick Astley. As Chet reports on his blog, this weekend has seen the discovery Read more…

Security by accident, or security by design?

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I can't imagine blaming anyone other than the author for last week's iPhone virus outbreak. The virus wasn't an accident -- the self-confessed creator wrote and disseminated the virus quite deliberately. However, the virus only infects apostate iPhones whose owners Read more…

Duck savages Ikee iPhone worm author

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Sophos's Paul Ducklin has been voicing some strong opinions. There's nothing new about that, of course, as you'll know if you're a regular follower of his blog. This time, though, Duck, is explaining why he can't excuse the author of Read more…

Looking for source code for the ikee iPhone worm? Sorry

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Are you trying to find the source code for the ikee iPhone worm? It seems a fair few people are, at least judging by the statistics I've seen for my blog today. The raw statistics are apparently a closely guarded Read more…

Worm author tells media he initially infected 100 iPhones

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The author of the world's first iPhone worm appears to be feeling pretty cocky about the whole incident. Without a hint of apology, or the slightest acknowledgement that he may have done something wrong, Ashley Towns has been speaking to Read more…

First iPhone worm discovered - ikee changes wallpaper to Rick Astley photo

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Apple iPhone owners in Australia have reported that their smartphones have been infected by a worm that has changed their wallpaper to an image of 1980s pop crooner Rick Astley. The worm, which could have spread to other countries although Read more…