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80's Flashback on Jailbroken iPhones

Those of us who spent our formative years in the 80's would know, but for those a bit younger, if you have a jailbroken iPhone and are wondering who just appeared as your wallpaper, it's Rick Astley, a singer who was (at least somewhat) popular in the 80's.  His video was the first example of "rickrolling"

Chris (nice name btw) pointed us to a forum where the owner of a jailbroken iPhone reported the change in wallpaper which also included the words "ikee is never going to give you up", a reference to one of Rick's songs. has a nice article on the worm, which is being called ikee.

Sophos also has a nice article.

And yes, despite the massive temptation, all the links in this article point to where they should.  :)

Christopher Carboni - Handler On Duty


140 Posts
Nov 9th 2009
Has this been dubbed iRolling yet?
Well all you have to do in terminal is change the password with the passwrd command.
easy to fix.
The fact that is went so big so quickly suggests that large numbers of users have done the jailbreak on their phones. One should wonder if Apple has noted this. Like in human epidemics, population density is a big factor in spreading a worm.

I am wondering if you can jailbreak an iPhone with malware without any user intervention or their knowledge.

63 Posts
Want to brick your phone? There's an app for that!

43 Posts
In order to be able to enjoy this awesome worm you have to:
- jailbreak your iPhone
- install an SSH server that allows root login
- leave the root password at "alpine"

This worm will kill your SSH server so if you want to be able to enjoy any variants you have to make sure to start it again!

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