When Apple released iOS 4.0.2 which, among other things, patched the vulnerabilities that allowed iPhone owners to jailbreak their device, these users were faced with the question “To upgrade or not to upgrade?”
But, buyers of iPhones with iOS 4.0.2 or 4.1 already preinstalled didn’t have that choice – and they still don’t. And even though a hacker announced that he was working on an exploit that will change this and will allow users to jailbreak any existing or future iPhone or iPad (regardless of the iOS version), this exploit is yet to see the light of day.
And here is where malware peddlers enter the arena.
Being aware that the jaibreaking community is eagerly waiting for the solution to come out, they thought of trying to use the hype to push some of their malicious wares.
According to Kaspersky Lab expert Costin Raiu, the awaited exploit is supposed to be called “Greenpois0n”, so they named the .rar archive that contains the information-stealing Trojan greenpois0n_By pOsixninja and made it available for download on popular torrent sites.
Websites selling fake tools that can supposedly jailbreak any iPhone with any iOS have also appeared. Selling these tools for a price that goes up to $40, they are also trying to capitalize on the users’ lack of patience.