First iPhone/iPod Touch trojan horse

January 12, 2008 at 2:28 am (Hot Stuff, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well the good news is, you can’t get this trojan horse if you did not jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch. So if you’re one of those who wouldn’t dare to jailbreak your device, then this does not concern you.

Apparently, an 11 year old smart ass kid developed a so-called important software update “iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep”. However this program does not do anything, and only says “shoes”. Maybe something to do with shoes? 😛

So if you have guessed, this trojan horse does not do anything when installed. It creates problems only when uninstalled. It affects the iPhone/iPod Touch bin folders such as Erica’s Utilities, OpenSSH and Doom, just to name a few, when the user tries to remove this program via uninstall.

Lucky for you, it’s easy to sort it out by just simply re-installing the affected programs. But it’s a hassle right?

The boy’s father have been approached and talked to, while the boy, have been given some unpleasant “slow talk”. Well I hope he could use his expertise onto something else much more meaningful, and that helps people!

Source: Engadget



  1. Jill said,

    So please let me know: so your saying not even one of the thousand of trojans out there can’t be put on my Ipod Touch? I was thinking before reading your article that one of the Advanced trojans could be put on my Ipod Touch? I’m do happy they can’t be.

    In my Settings, there is a part where I can put in a Web Site Companies Proxy. So that would protect me from people reading what web sites I surf to/look up, right?

  2. dermapthera said,

    Hi Jill,

    Thousands of trojans you’re refering to could be computer virus/trojans. However, the small Apple device called the “iPod Touch/iPhone” is not a computer, but a slim down OS which has crippled capabilities which allows these “standard computer viruses” to install.

    So 2 words: Don’t worry.

    For future, I’m not too sure. The thing about iPod Touch is that you can’t install the applications by visiting websites. There’s absolutely NO WAY the infectious site could do that.

    For now, there’s only 2 ways you can “install” virus/trojans into the iPod Touch/iPhone: via AppStore, or via Jailbreak Installer/Cydia. However, chances are slim for AppStore because they are monitored by Apple all the time. So, if you’re jailbreaking, and you’ve added unrecognised repo, you could be installing malicious programs into your iPod Touch/iPhone.

    If you need further clarification, you can always ask me. I’ll be glad to answer.


  3. dermapthera said,

    Oh one more thing:

    The proxy doesn’t do anything. If you look up what proxies means, you’ll understand. It’s a little too technical to explain to you here.

  4. Jill said,

    Hi Dermapthera,

    Yes, I was referring to the trojans put on computers. Thats just
    what I thought, that a person can’t put a trojan on an ipod/iph.!
    Why I thought that, was becoz Apple & Microsoft are 2 different
    Companies and Apple wouldn’t build ipod’s to be a computer.

    That was very Kind of you to let me know the info. I asked of
    you! Yes there is 2 more things. When I am surfing the Web,
    I am of course using a wireless connection(Ipod).

    When good people surf on the Internet(on computers), people
    /hackers/ criminals have Software that they can see what web
    sites we’re going to. But with wireless its Easier for them to see
    what web sites we’re going to as well. I had a podcast video that
    explained that someone can eavesdrop on people in a Wireless
    Cafe when it is an Open/unencryped connection.

    So you may know what I’m getting at here. Could anyone with
    the right software, eavesdrop on my web traffic going out of my
    Ipod, on the way up or back from a Satellite? After all I use wire-
    less just like a computer.

    I really need to know how to get my Music, AudioBook and All
    My Podcasts back!! I paid for some songs to. Once about 2
    weeks ago I plugged in my cord to charge up my Ipod &
    Autoplay popped up( you know the little box which puts the
    album & podcast art in the Ipod). Well, I left it charging and
    went back to check on it and went into my Music and it was
    All Gone!!! The Autoplay had Deleted All my songs!! Then if
    that weren’t enough, I Forgot & plugged it in 2 charge again
    and left it to charge and guess what? The Autoplay Deleted ALL
    of my Podcasts and AudioBook!! So is there anyway I can get
    them back?

    I still can access the iTunes(icon) on my Ipod’s Main Homepage
    and downloaded a few podcasts today and they downloaded
    normally. But that still didn’t work, so I could tap on my Video
    icon and see all my video/radio poscasts again! Maybe there
    Invisible in the background somewhere? Everything I got Free &
    Purchased is listed in My Account, when I log-in to my account.

    Theres a Dealer/Business close2 where I used to live & they may
    be able to fix it for me. Its a good little business. But I Don’t want
    to mail them my Ipod if I can help it and I thought you might
    know of something I could do to get it working. I know I could
    Reset my entire Ipod but thats the last thing I want to do.
    Any advise that you have is appreciated.

    what web sites people in Wireless Cafes surf to(on computers)
    (when they are on an Openencrypted).
    Open/ unencrypted).

  5. Jill said,

    I’m Sorry that my comment above is broken up like that but
    when I hit the Submit button it went like that.

  6. dermapthera said,

    Q: Could anyone with the right software, eavesdrop on my web traffic going out of my Ipod, on the way up or back from a Satellite? After all I use wire-less just like a computer.

    A: I assumed you’re talking about wi-fi (wireless). If you’re referring to wifi, there’s no satellite involved, as wifi uses a wireless router for connection. They can eavesdrop your connection, your data, even on wired computers. But to “understand” that information would require some level of decoding (on encrypted connection). If you’re referring to public wifi, yes the data is *uncrypted* hence the ability to “understand” your data. If private home connection (maybe your house?) and is encrypted, the data is almost “illegible”.

    Q: I really need to know how to get my Music, AudioBook and All
    My Podcasts back!! I paid for some songs to.

    A: Sorry I have not encountered this problem before. If you paid for them, I’m sure Apple can help you on this one.

    Q: Theres a Dealer/Business close2 where I used to live & they may be able to fix it for me. Its a good little business.

    A: To be honest, I don’t trust any of these. And you even said “may be able to fix”. That doesn’t sound very confident does it? They could scam you for all you know. Plus, your iPod is a personal device, it “may” contain sensitive information where you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. I’d say, reformatting it was the best option.

    Q: what web sites people in Wireless Cafes surf to(on computers) (when they are on an Openencrypted). Open/ unencrypted).

    A: Sorry I couldn’t understand your last question. Perhaps you are referring to the sites people normally goes to? How’d I know… They could be surfing porno for all you know. 😛 But I’m saying that these people could surf anything that is not blocked by that public cafe.

  7. Jill said,

    I’m sorry about that last comment, and I said: what web sites people in cafes surf to, etc. Etc. ——– when I hit the Submit Comment button / the last part was cut off from the rest of my entire Comment and it Didn’t get sent with the rest. Also I see only 6 lines that Iwhen the message gets longer and longer most of the message gets hidden up at the Top & then the screen freezes & its difficult to move the message down
    to go over my message for grammer/ spelling mistakes. I’ve learned now to read over my comments every few sentences.

    So what I meant was: people in cafes w/ laptops on a wireless connection are being eavesdropped by people sitting outside the cafe using their computer.
    Passing the time or trying to get bank passwords. Or others try to size the person up so
    they can steal their computer! I knew about the hacking but I saw a video about the

    thiefs on a podcast sometime ago.

  8. Jill said,

    I meant to say, I saw a podcast about a young man explaining that thieves sit inside/out -hotspots sizing people up to see if its worth stealing their Laptops. I got that last sentence in my last comment wrong, becoz I was trying very hard to get All my comment sent instead of part of it.

    So to elaborate further, no No I wasn’t asking you what W. S.’s
    People surf to. I could gather from your Blog you R Not an eaves –

    Ur right about not mailing my ipod away. I won’t then.

  9. Jill said,

    As I was saying before I have to send smaller comments, so then I know they will get
    sent. I’d like to comment about you saying my comment doesn’t sound so confident. When I said, “Maybe they won’t be able to fix my ipod. ” No one knows for sure if what people take or send into a Dealer/Business will get fixed or not. Except obviously when the Dealer says he can definately fix it.
    Yes I know people can surf anything they want if its not blocked by the cafe. I wish I could put coloured Smiles on here but I’ve been using my ipod to type all of this. Well,
    Thank you Very Much for your help. I really Appreciated it! Oh one more thing: please
    give me a link to where you explain how to jailbreak ipod touch/iphone. I’ve tried to find it but couldn’t.

  10. dermapthera said,

    Hi Jill,

    My topics on jailbreaking the ipod touch/iphone was only for first gen versions (before the new ipod touch came, and the 3g iphone).

    You can check out my other blog on those @

    Anyway, if you’re using first gen ipod touch, you can easily jailbreak them using ZiPhone. Back then, ZiPhone was the best jailbreak utility you can get, and it jailbreaks in matter of seconds! I’ve done it umpteen times, so I’d really recommend it. (version 1.1.3/1.1.4). I’ve no experience on 1.1.5 and above, think you could get some info on other forums.

    If your version is 2.x.x and above, then I’m sorry, we’ll have to wait for a better jailbreak to be released by some bunch of friendly hackers. Until then, you’ll have to live with the standard ipod touch.

    For your comment on the thieves, yes it does happen, I mean, they liked to target these easy targets. That’s why you should try to minimize exposing yourself too much, or try not to get into bank websites etc. These data CAN get intercepted or decrypted (over unprotected connections), so you’ll need to be careful.

    Take care.

  11. Jill said,

    Yes, I’ve got the newest one. The 2nd Gen. one. I’m Happy I got it when I did because in the stores its $30.00 more now! I just love it!! I can buy an Editing tool for my Touch that shows Folders/Files, just like in Windows Explorer! Its Really kool! I just Reseted part of my Ipod: not all of it and I’m just going to go and see if I have my Video & Music section back. I’ll let you know in few moments.

    Yes, I will be careful in the wireless cafes & elsewhere! Thank you for your thoughts.

  12. Jill said,

    Well, the partial Reset Didn’t do a thing, so I’ll have to Reset my whole ipod! I know about
    the Bank W. S.’s, so thats why I don’t use banking on the Web. Well, I think there is one more thing I want to ask you but I forget right now. I backed all of my ipod up & its going to take sometime to put everything back on it after I Reset; so Thanks Very Much again for your help. Just what I needed to hear. :>)

  13. dermapthera said,

    Hi Jill,

    Glad to hear that.

    Well, let me know if you need more help/info. I’ll be more than glad to be of assistance.

    Good day.


  14. NatalieNervosa said,

    dear dermapthera,
    hi(: are you sure you cant get a trojan on an itouch?
    well im a little worried cuz i was charging my itouch on my brother’s comp. which
    had the virus so now im feeling a little iffy,


  15. dermapthera said,

    Hi Natalie!

    Well, if you asked me to confirm, I can’t! Either way, sooner or later it might get a virus you know…

    But, as long as you don’t install applications from unknown sources (via jailbreaking, if you know what I mean), you’ll be safe! And that I can guarantee.

    Safest way to get an app? Use the AppStore. It’s there for a reason you know. 🙂

  16. natalienervosa said,

    ohhh ok,
    thank you very much!

  17. Tue said,

    Can u get the trojan virus from streaming videos online on the ipod touch cuz i was watching a video and suddenly a box came up that said i had a virus and needed to act fast a stuff and it look ligit like the boxes on the ipod and it said i need to download antivirus stuff . Help please!

  18. Tue said,

    And what about from the iwoopie app, can the videos u dowload from that have viruses?

  19. Molly said,

    I’ve wondered since last Dec./09, if people could hack into my Ipod Touch when I am at a Cafe/friends house or a Library, and see what I am typing when I am typing in some personal notes, in my Notes. I appreciate your feedback. On the same token could they see the games I’m playing & the games/applications I download? Thanks in advance.

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