Botnet Targeting Consumers Interested In iPhone

Ars Technica is reporting that a there is a 7,500-computer (and growing) botnet infected by a Trojan called Aifone.A.

If your computer is infected with this Trojan, when you attempt to access Apple’s website you will be redirected to an identical-looking site created by the Trojan. If you do ultimately choose to order the iPhone through this site, you’ll have turned your credit card information over to the scammers. From Ars Technica:

“This is one of the most sophisticated attacks we have seen targeting a user community, in this case iPhone users,” said PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons in a statement. “It is a really complex, dangerous attack that combines elements of malware (the Trojan), phishing (the spoofed web page) and even adware (pop-ups, modification of search results, etc.)”

The company emphasizes that while the Trojan might be targeting wannabe iPhone users right now, the tools behind Aifone.A make it easy to modify the targeted URLs so that nearly anything can be targeted. So if a massively-popular Zune 2.0 gets released, for example, Airfone.A could be tweaked from afar to redirect all Zune requests to a phishing site as well

The Trojan affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95 but not Vista, and is triggered by downloading an email attachment or opening an infected file.

Botnet targets wannabe iPhone owners [Ars Technica]