Hackers have attacked the Apple iPod. Good thing in this situation is that the virus affects only iPods with the Linux operating system, about 0.01% of all iPods. Kasperksy Lab calls it the ‘Podloso’ while security major F secure has named the virus ‘Oslo.zip’. According to a report by Kaspersky Lab, the user has to save the virus to the iPod memory for the device to become infected.
iPod Linux is a CLinux-based software distribution targeted specifically to run on Apple iPods, and it enables users to run a variety of third party software such as games.
With 70 million pieces the world over, the iPod is the most used music gadget. This virus, however, does not infect iPods that run the default iPod operating system. According to the test carried by Kaspersky, once launched, the virus scans the device’s hard disk and infects all executable .elf format files. Any attempt to launch these files will cause the virus to display a message on the screen which says “You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus”. Only protection for ipod owners from this issue is to keep OS that cames with device.