Malware Poses as iPhone Game
Malware writers are spamming e-mails with a file posing as a popular iPhone video game, according to researchers at Sophos. In fact, the file contains a Trojan, which ironically only runs on Microsoft Windows. Still, Sophos said the Trojan can potentially allow a hacker to take over an infected PC.Researchers at Sophos have uncovered a Trojan masquerading itself as a game for the Apple iPhone. The Trojan, identified by Sophos as Troj/Agent-HNY, is being spread via e-mail as an attachment dubbed Penguin.Panic.zip after the popular "Penguin Panic" game for the iPhone. Hoping to snare unsuspecting video game fans, the spam e-mails contain subject lines such as "Virtual iPhone games!" and "Apple: The most popular game!"
"It's your bog-standard malicious Trojan horse, designed to hand control of the compromised computer over to a third-party hacker," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "That hacker can then take over the compromised PC to download further malware, or launch spam campaigns, install spyware to steal your identity or launch a distributed denial-of-service attack. Because so many Trojan horses these days download additional code from the Internet, hackers can change the ultimate payload at anytime they wish-they just update the file which the Trojan tries to download."