1st Self-Perpetuating iPhone Worm – a Jailbreak coming of Astley story


Thanks to the insecurity of a majority of the Jailbreaked community, Rick Astley is Rick Rolling Australian iPhones. The worm, dubbed Ikee does more than photocopy a goeey mug of the smooth and sexy singer; it safaris itself around local networks, looking for other infectable iPhones to plaster. Fortunately, the backdoor which Astley steals in from is most likely user error: Apple’s root password ‘alpine’ (which is needed to SSH into the device), is the same on every iDevice. Jailbreaked users can change it to anything which, like Rick, may tickle their fancy, but the onus is on the user, not Apple. Security firm, Sophos, are blogging about it right now, riding high on raging (and humorous) whuffie spawned by clever forum users.

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