Apple ships a small number of Video iPods infected with a Windows virus

19 October 2006

Up to one per cent of Apple Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006 were shipped carrying the W32/RJump virus. This is a backdoor and a worm, which spreads by copying itself to all mapped and removable storage drives, reducing system security.

This virus outbreak was reported on Apple's website.

Apple recommends that users should scan the whole system including external storage devices, digital cameras and flash drives, for virus infections.

This is not the first time Apple has shipped destructive products. In November 2001 there were a number of incidents with iTunes 2 were the Mac Classic partition was erased after installing the iTunes application.

For more detailed technical information and removal instructions, see

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Users are advised to update their virus signature files and make sure they have the latest versions of F-Prot Antivirus installed on their computers.

After updating the virus signature files, users should attach their Video iPod and other mass storage devices to the computer and scan their whole system with the F-Prot Antivirus OnDemand scanner to ensure that their computer security was not compromised before the virus signature files were updated.

Threat Detection

The latest versions of F-Prot Antivirus detect the threat as W32/RJump using virus signature files dated 17 Oct 2006 or later.

Information from Apple:
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