Warning: iPhone 4GS/5G Phishing Attacks Spread Malware

Speculation and rumors are floating around today as it’s Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference where, in previous years, CEO Steve Jobs has announced new models of the iPhone. There’s a just a tiny (and I mean very tiny) chance that Apple will announce a new iPhone today at their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference, despite slight hints by both ATT and Verizon. Though the time for Mr. Jobs to announce anything like that or related has yet to come, cyber-hackers have been launching phishing scams that take advantage of all of the pre-announcement hype to infect PCs with Trojans.

Graham Cluley, a technology consultant at Sophos, has posted part of the threat in his blog post about a phishing attack by scammers. The email supposedly boasts the “new iPhone 5G”, or in some cases the 5GS in the form of enticing pictures of a new iPhone with a sliding keyboard along with some text and links. The links have been seen to be linking to malware targeting only PC users, so you really huge Apple fanboys are safe! The text from the email:


Finally. The amazing iPhone 5. Now available in black edition.


Introducing the iPhone that lets you do more than ever. And do it amazingly faster. Launch and switch between applications quickly. Bigger display, transparent mode, better cloud integration. Shoot, edit, and share video like never before. Slimmer, faster and sleeker. Discover many more features that make iPhone 5G S the best iPhone yet.

If you can easily recognize a fake iPhone in an email, and receive an email that cleverly claims to be from noreply@apple.com, but also not-so-cleverly spells iPhone wrong (yes, I noticed that from the picture above), then immediately delete. The worst thing you can do is click on the links.

On a better note, who’s ready for iOS 5, iCloud, OSX Lion and more? Stay tuned to iPhoneAlley’s homepage for all of the news – also, if you want to be surprised, tune into Michael’s post later tonight to watch the whole keynote spoiler-free.

[Sophos and PCWorld]