The iPad is a tablet computer designed and marketed by Apple for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. Unlike many older tablets, it uses fingertips for input instead of a stylus. Released in April 2010, it established a new class of devices between Smartphone’s (A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality) and laptops. As of May 3, 2010, Apple had sold 1 million iPads. This is probably why the malware creators are interested in this product.
BitDefender ever since its inception in 2001, has continued to raise the bar and set new standards in proactive threat prevention. It’s the creator of one of the industry’s fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. It was BitDefender that first identified this threat.
This new threat comes in the form of a Spam e-mail (Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately), that promises to keep the iPad software updated and offering new features as well as faster performance. The e-mail asks the users to download the latest version of iTunes software to their computers to update their iPad software. The attack uses e-mail and social engineering to get unsuspecting users to download the update. The page that users are directed to is a forgery of the one they would use for iTunes downloads.
The malware (The word Malware is composed from the words “malicious” and “software”. This is a collective term for all types of damaging software such as Trojans, Spyware or Viruses.) has been Identified by BitDefender and tagged as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, this piece of malicious code injects itself in to the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorized access to and control over the affected system.
But the malware does not stop there, the Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer. It also logs passwords to the victim’s ICQ, Messenger, POP3 mail accounts, and protected storage.
Mac users will be glad to learn that this backdoor does not affect them.
BitDefender recommends the following five security tips to protect you:
- Do not download or save files from sources you don’t know; use only the producer’s official website (www.apple.com) in order to download software for your iPad
- Install and activate a reliable anti-malware, firewall solution and Spam filter
- Update your anti-malware, firewall and Spam filter as frequently as possible, with the latest virus virus definitions and suspicious application/file signatures
- Run a complete anti-malware scan before opening or copying any file to your system, even if the file comes from a trusted source
- Scan your system frequently
With the rate that technology is changing, it is necessary to always use extra caution when surfing the net or even opening e-mail. By adhering to the tips above you can reduce the chances of your device becoming infected with any malicious software.