Software security firm BitDefender has issued a warning to all iPad owners that use Microsoft Windows. Apparently hackers have been sending out email messages to unsuspecting iPad owners, the email which states that Apple has issued a important software update for the iPad. The unsolicited message which has started circulating around inboxes, features a message that says “for best performance, newer features and security”. When the user clicks on the link, it sends them to a realistic, almost identical iTunes software download page (I gotta say the fake page looks really good, it could fool anyone). Once the users downloads and installs the “fake” iTunes.exe, the Windows machine is then affected with a nasty piece of malware that gives the hacker unauthorized access and control.
The malicious code which has been identified by BitDefender software, as BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the select software installed on the affected computer. Not only that, it logs all passwords from POP3 email accounts, instant messenger accounts, and protected storage devices. Just to point out again, this virus is only affecting Windows machines, so far Mac computers are safe from it. BitDefender recommends you only download software and updates from official websites, with a proper address like www.apple.com. Also make sure you have a updated and reliable anti-malware, firewall, and spam filter. BitDefender 2010 would be an obvious fit in this situation. Lastly they say to scan you system frequently, and keep all software updated. You can also always find out about any new or updated Apple software like iTunes, or iPhone OS 4.0, right here at BlogsDNA. We will keep all our readers updated with all the latest news and info on iPad and iPhone software and firmware. Best bet is if you don’t see it here, then there’s a good chance it could be a fake.