The first iPhone / iPod Touch virus was cute, it rick-rolled unsuspecting victims. Now, that silly virus has been re-engineered into something sinister. The same trick that rick-rolled unsuspecting jailbreakers is being used to silently steal email messages, SMS messages, calendar data, contacts, music, photos, video and iPhone App data.
So, what can you do to avoid this and any other jailbreak virus?
One HUGE Detail:
Before I go any further, I want to stress to everyone out there freaking out over their iPhone. This virus only affects jailbroken iPhone / iPod Touches. If you don’t know what jailbreaking is or don’t have a jailbroken iPhone, this virus will not affect you..
How To Stop This Virus?
Well, for one thing you can unjailbreak your iPhone and go back to standard firmware.. That’s not always the best option for certain users not using their iPhones on the “recommended” networks or using features not approved by their carrier.
You basically need to do what you were supposed to do when you jailbroke your iPhone – Change your root and mobile passwords. That’s actually all you need to do. See, when you jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch is set with a standard username / password – root / mobile and alpine. Much like installing Windows Security Updates, changing this password secures you from the virus.
How Do You Change Your Root and Mobile Password?
1. If you installed SSH access, SSH into your iPhone / iPod Touch.
2. If you haven’t installed SSH access, Download Mobile Terminal through Cydia and run it.
3. Type: passwd
4. For the old password, type: alpine
5. Set your mobile password, use something secure that you’ll remember.
6. There will be no success or “Password changed!” message, if you don’t see an error – it’s changed.
7. Now type: login root
8. When prompted for password, type: alpine
9. Type: passwd
10. For the old password, type: alpine
11. Now pick a secure password and enter it.
12. If you don’t see an error message, you’re all set!