Apple iPad Targeted by ‘Backdoor’ Malware Links Disguised as iTunes Update

April 26, 2010, By Atul Roach

I was wondering that since the iPad has now become a crowd favorite, there is no ‘major’ reason it will make news this quickly again here on DMag. Contrary to my beliefs, our beloved iPad is here again but this time it is making news for all the wrong reasons. Not that there is some major problem with the Apple tablet but certain malware links disguised as iTune updates are being constantly sent to a majority of iPad users.

If you are an iPad user, be careful of the iTunes update emails you receive for that is the channel through which the malware is being transferred. The mail talks about an iTunes update that will give the users best performance, newer features and security.

Until the mail is not checked, there is no real security hazard but the problem begins when the mail is checked as the malware can then exploit any personal information stored on the iPad. The malware has been identified as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY and it injects itself into the explorer.exe process and then gains ‘Backdoor’ entry to take control of the attacked system.

The specific malware/virus is seemingly primed for the iPad as the Mac users are totally unaffected by the email link.

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