by Dave Michmerhuizen – Security Researcher
The iPhone 5 isn’t due to be released until fall, or even Christmas, but the spam honeypots at Barracuda Labs are already detecting malicious messages targeting anxious Apple acolytes.
The image of a beautiful see-through phone is actually a concept photo that is over two years old.
All of the links in the email lead to a copy of Trojan.Zapchast, an IRC-controlled backdoor.
Naturally the apple.com from: address is spoofed.
If you do click on one of the links and run the offered executable, another old iPhone concept photo is displayed in order to distract you from the installation of the backdoor.
In this case, if you’re curious about iPhone products, visit the Apple iPhone pages at http://www.apple.com/iphone. And never click on links in emails, especially from unknown sources.
Barracuda Networks customers using the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall are protected from these emails.