April 8, 2007

iPod Virus

Today I found this article at cnet news saying that Kapersky Lab has discovered the first virus designed to infect iPod portable media players !Oh man,what is next?The name of the virus is Padloso and they say that actually it does not pose a real threat.The virus is a file which can be launched and run on an iPod. It should be stressed that in order for the virus to function, Linux has to be installed on the iPod. If the virus is installed on the iPod by the user, the virus then installs itself to the folder which contains program demo versions. Podloso cannot be launched automatically without user involvement.Once launched, the virus scans the device’s hard disk and infects all executable .elf format files. Any attempt to launch these files will cause the virus to display a message on the screen which says "You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus".
Actually this is not the first virus.On October 2006
Apple shipped some of the gadgets with a Windows virus called RavMonE. It didn't infect the iPod, but could affect Windows PCs when connected to the device.