Malware Writers Crash the iPad Party

Paul Lilly

According to security firm BitDefender, there's an unsolicited email making the round s that promises to keep iPad software updated "for best performance, newer features, and security." Follow the provided link, however, and all you'll get is a Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY infection.

The download page looks exactly like the real iTunes site, but rather than update your iTunes software, the malicious code instead injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor for miscreants to enter your system and take control of your PC, BitDefender warns.

"Moreover, Backdoor.Biforse.AADY attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer, while also logging the passwords to the victim's ICQ, Messenger, POP3 email accounts, and protected storage," BitDefender said.

We suspect this isn't the last time malware writers target iPad owners, given that Apple has sold over 600,000 tablets already.

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