back to article Linux malware for iPods poses little risk

Virus hunters have discovered what's described as the first malware designed to infect iPod portable media players. Podloso is a proof of concept program which poses no immediate threat beyond illustrating the point that VXers are always on the hunt for new platforms to infect. The "malware" is a file which can be launched and …

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Wow.

It seems that people will try to infect anything that even casually brushes up against Apple's operating system. So much bollocks running around, hard to know the real risks.

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Anonymous Coward

Virus?

Basically, someone came up with a script which echo's the message "You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus" when specifically executed by the user? Lock up your daughters!!

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Re: Wow.

Anyone can see that this has absolutely zero to do with the ipod being an Apple product. VXers don't give a damn who makes what. What it does have to do with is a high-profile target. If they can design a trojan or virus that can successfully infect the ipod and spread, then that is a very valuable and profitable trojan/virus, regardless of who makes the target device. It's all about quantity and target saturation, not manufacturer or brand name.

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Anonymous Coward

Some people have too much time on their hands...

Okay, at first - since I've got a pair of iPods - I was worried. Then I read "providing (and only if) Linux has been installed". Well I don't know about other folks, but I don't actually run Linux on my iPods - tend to use them for playing MP3's! ;)

So what we have here is a virus that only effects people who've already hacked their iPod's to use them for something more than the makers intended. I would have thought that these were exactly the kind of folk who'd know enough to spot this one coming and squelch it.

All in all, a very, very lame attempt, and it's probably of more note because it's a Linux virus...

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Kaspersky must be desparate

to get their name in the media - I'm sure they realise that many iPod owners have very little technical knowledge & will be worried by this new "threat".

Maybe they''l release an iPod version of their anti-virus product...

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