Posted by Andrew Jaquith on November 10, 2009
Much breathless prose has been written about the Ikee malware circulating amongst iPhone owners. Described as the first iPhone worm, Ikee does something fairly funny: it replaces the user’s lock screen with a picture of Rick Astley, of 1980s “Never Gonna Give You Up” fame. In other words, it RickRolls your phone. According to the author, the worm circulates by scanning the phone’s local IP address range for other iPhones running the SSH daemon, and if it finds any, attempts to log in using the default root password. It then copies a JPEG file of the sainted Mssr Astley to the location where the picture is stored.
- Jailbroken their phones
- Installed the SSH daemon (sshd)
- Left their root password unchanged from the default (“alpine”)