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Can the iPhone harbour PC virus/keyloggers?


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#1 fgeelo

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:29 AM

I have a friend who is wondering, can the iPhone harbour PC viruses or a keylogger?

For example, when you plug in the iPhone, you are able to acess the internal memory where images are stored on it straight via "My Computer". Is it possible that a keylogger virus could be stored on that internal memory, and then when you plug it into another computer, it is transfered onto that computer?

So to be specific, the question is not about wether or not the virus would affect the iPhone but wether or not the iPhone could carry and transfer it to other PC's.

Thanks alot for your answers.

Edited by fgeelo, 13 September 2010 - 10:03 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:58 PM

Well I suppose it could be possible if you had an infected file and put it on there and then plugged it in to the other one. So to answer your question YES but only under certain conditions. :blink:

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:03 AM

But what kind of file? His iPhone is not jailbroken, so the only thing he can transfer to it via that internal memory is images as far as I know. So could an image be infected?

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 11:23 AM

Images could/can be infected any file format can become infected. But as long as the images are not transferred to the other machine the offending malware cannot transfer itself unless it installs a hidden file. I would not worry to much but I would run a scan with Malwarebytes anti malware which can be downloaded through the link in my signature. :blink:

Edited by computerxpds, 19 September 2010 - 11:24 AM.

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