The iPad is the latest tech hit with its shiny, touch sensitive surface, crazy umber of available apps and viruses. Wait, what? Yeah you heard me. There have been reports of a virus going around targeting iPads that can do some serious damage to your device. It comes in the form of an iTunes update in your email claiming to give you the “…best performance, newer features and security”.
A link is inside the email and when clicked it will open up any sensitive data on your iPad for infection and exploitation. BitDefender, one of the leading anti-virus programs, describes the virus as such, “Identified by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, the piece of malicious code inadvertently downloaded injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorised access to and control over the affected system.”
“Moreover, Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer, while also logging the passwords to the victim’s ICQ, Messenger, POP3 mail accounts, and protected storage.”
That’s some pretty serious stuff for an iPad. Apparently this virus only affects iPads as Mac users have yet to report on this virus affecting their system. Only update via the Apple Auto Updates then.
[UPDATE]: It seems that some misinformation has happened during the reporting of this article. The virus is a Windows virus that targets people who have an iPad and does not target the iPad directly. More updates as it becomes available.