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Fake iOS 4.1 jailbreak spreads malware

Apple fans are warned to watch out for packages which claim to be the Greenpois0n jailbreak tool for iOS 4.1 on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad - they're all virus-infested fakes.

According to a spokesman from security specialist Kaspersky: "We’ve seen a number of fake 'Greenpois0n' Trojans" which are being uploaded to file-sharing sites and BitTorrent trackers in the hope that unsuspecting iOS users will download them - and get themselves infected with some nasty-ware.

When executed, the fake jailbreakers stay resident in the background - even between reboots - and harvest passwords for social networking sites, on-line banking sites, and MMO gaming services, returning them to a central server for the miscreants behind the tool to exploit.

Some Greenpois0n scammers have taken the process a step further, setting up web sites where you can buy the utility - only to receive a non-working fake at best and, at worst, to have paid real money to infect your system with a password-stealing trojan.

While there will be a genuine jailbreak tool released under the name Greenpois0n, it's not actually out yet - so if you're searching for it, you'll just have to be patient and resist the urge to download any of the versions currently being distributed in the hopes that it's the real McCoy.