Hackers distribute Trojan as iPhone game

Graham Cluley
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Cold-hearted hackers are taking advantage of a popular iPhone game in their attempt to infect Windows users.

Cybercriminals have resorted to spamming out emails with subject lines such as “Virtual iPhone games!”, “Take a break!”, “Apple: The most popular game!”, “Virtual iPhone toys!”, and “Beet my score! (7000 points)!”.

Attached to the emails is a file called Penguin.Panic.zip, posing as a version of the penguin-starring platform game for the Apple iPhone. In the real game, a penguin leaps from iceberg to iceberg, avoiding falling stalactites – great entertainment in the Super Mario tradition. The file attached to the email, however, is something far less fun.

Sophos detects the enclosed file as the Troj/Agent-HNY Trojan horse. It’s important to note that this Trojan only works on Windows PCs – we haven’t seen any versions which will run on Mac OS X, Apple iPhone or other…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.