Windows Malware Disguised as iTunes Update Targets iPad Owners

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    On its Malware City blog, antivirus firm BitDefender notes that malware creators have begun to take advantage of the hype surrounding Apple's new iPad tablet device as a means of social engineering to encourage users to download their malicious software disguised as an iTunes update.
    The malware is advertised in the form of an awkwardly-worded email message and includes a link to a site formatted similarly to Apple's iTunes download page but hosting the malicious software.

    The report is careful to note that the malware in question only targets Windows, and thus users of Mac OS X are unaffected. The iPad itself is also unaffected by the malware, as its mention is simply used to entice its owner to download the infected software.

    Article Link: Windows Malware Disguised as iTunes Update Targets iPad Owners
     
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    If ANYONE falls for that, they deserve what they get. The grammar in that email makes me sick.
     
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    Well, this message is indeed awkwardly-worded. Anyone who speaks English and uses iTunes will instantly realise that something is wrong with this!
     
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    You know who will fall for that? People who fell for the iPad in the first place.
     
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    Agreed. It's written appallingly... :mad:
     
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    Poor Windows users just don't know what to click.
     
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    The writer could be an Italian.
     
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    Sad comment, where you trying to be funny?
     
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    realise???? Uh, oh.... I'm getting prompted on my speaking of English. LOL
     
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    I'm confused.

    Malware creators supposedly ignore the Mac platform because it's too small and they go after Windows because it's larger, not because it's less secure. However this malware is targeting Windows based iPad users...that's maybe what 500K right now more or less? And to be clear, it only affects the Windows platform, not the iPad itself (which is OS X based).

    So tell us Windows fan boys, why did this happen?
     
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    thats what you get for being a PC.
     
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    Exactly. Since like 10 people probably have a iPad and update it through there windows computer.
     
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    What is that supposed to mean?
     
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    That's the British spelling.
     
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    That's how British people spell it. Insult fail!
     
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    I wish there was a way to track down these people and cut their balls off.

    Sure, few here would fall for this but there are millions of not-so-tech-savy people who fall for this sort of thing
     
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    You'd think people would've learnt by now.
     
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    Firewalls and DAT files can never defeat user stupidity social engineering.
     
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    What's that supposed to mean?

    Were*
     
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    welcome to British English :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    I could see maybe earlier on with the iPhone being the deception, since you're probably more likely to see more users who are new to computers and/or never used iTunes (until they got their phone) and not knowing how Apple updates work on Windows, but I don't see too many iPad users falling for it.
     
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    writing

    A hacker who was also an adept writer would be really dangerous.
     
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    I'm Italian and I thought it was pretty funny lol
     
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    I'm sure he means that the email is written in like the way an Italian with an accent talks/writes.
     
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    Bahahaha, I can just see someone looking at that and going "Cool. Seems legit."

    Even then, the download link that is clearly NOT the Apple website would give it away. No point going to too much effort to make it any more convincing. You are only hoping to fool the incredibly stupid anyway - which by the way is a surprisingly huge amount of computer users.
     

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