Apple’s iPad has been taken down by malware within a few weeks of it being in the shops. Security software firm BitDefender posted a warning about a new malware attack targeting Windows iTunes and iPad users. Mac users remain unaffected by this piece of malware.
This malware threat comes in the form of an unsolicited e-mail, have a subject line that says “iPad Software Update”. The email offer a link to keep iPad software updated “for best performance, newer features and security”. The web page looks like a legitimate iTunes download page.
BitDefender has identified this malware as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY. This piece of malicious code injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorized access to and control over the affected system.
This malicious code tries to read serial numbers and passwords for different programs, including ICQ, Messenger, POP3 e-mail accounts and any protected storage.
Tips to Avoid iTunes Malware
- 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.
- Make sure you are running some form of antivirus or anti-malware program on your computer. Microsoft and AVG are providing free solutions to secure your PC.
- Keep up to date definition for your antivirus and anti-malware.