Posted by: David Harley | April 8, 2011

Keylogger Jailbait

Backdoors, keyloggers etc are obviously the new virus, at least in the Mac context. Not that real viruses constitute much of the problem on Windows, nowadays. But I suppose “Mac Backdoors, Keyloggers etc” would be a terrible name for a blog.

Why worry about it now? Well, worry is the wrong word. But it seems that various stealthy but non-replicative malware has been a constant theme in this blog recently. And here’s another example from Chet Wisniewski: a commercial – well, for-fee – keylogger.

I can’t think of much in the way of legitimate uses for this thing either (and even then, it depends on your definition of “legitimate”). Neither, apparently, can Apple, since it’s not an approved app. But I’ll bet you there’s a ready market in cyberstalking and marital espionage for this sort of thing, if the  ethically-flexible can find a way to slip it onto a (prospective or actual)partner’s iGadget. All in all, a pretty good argument against jailbreaking.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World

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Responses

  1. If a targeted attack combined an iOS remote code execution vulnerability (do they have any of those? ;)) couldn’t they do the jailbreak too? I don’t know if multi-stage stuff like this is particularly hard to do on iOS

    • Certainly possible, I’d have thought.


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