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Traditional Hackers Eyeing Apple’s iPhone

The worldwide media's craze over Apple's latest iPhone has lured many hackers to return, though not for money but for glory.

Presently virus writing focuses more on recruiting PCs into bots or installing keyloggers for stealing financial data.

Further, the researchers of IBM's X-Force Threat-Analysis Service had cautioned that the latest hype over Apple's iPhone might encourage lot of hackers to create viruses in order to gain glory.

As per news by Vnunet on July 2, 2007, team leader (TL) of X-Force's advanced-research group, Neel Mehta said that the biggest danger to iPhone remained the hype over its release.

Mehta added that the security researchers would notice the iPhone minutely to find mistakes in it. He also said that there may emerge various communities of hackers who will try to hack it solely for earning glory, as per news published by Vnunet on July 2, 2007.

Mehta claims that financial factors beneath the hacking are expected to be relatively low, as it only covers a minimum share of the market.

Moreover, the security companies have cautioned web users against the socially engineered emails which include harmful link, which if clicked can lead to malicious site resulting in downloading deadly software specially developed for taking control over user's PC. An example of this can be noted from the harmful messages which claim to win an iPhone sent around the world.

Now, the hackers have started using the name of iPhone in order spread malware. Last weekend, a spam mail was sent claiming the user to have won the iPhone.

As per the news reported by CNet news.com on July 2, 2007, vice president of technology evangelism for Secure Computing, Paul Henry claims that it's the first ever iPhone related phishing scam but assures it that it will not be the last. He also said that owning to the popularity of iPhone, this would be treated as archetypes of the scams involving iPhone.

Further, the hackers have started using the high standards techniques to defeat security companies. For instance, the site contains around top 10 deadly codes, which attacks the flaws of browser. Moreover, the users who visited the site more than once are told to move towards another "safe" Web site.

Related article: Traditional malware Scanning Techniques Losing Relevance

» SPAMfighter News - 12-07-2007

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