03 Oct 2011

Fake iPhone 5 email can infect computer

Email users who see an email that is announcing the release of the iPhone 5GS should ignore it, according to multiple sources, as it is fake and believed to contain a virus. Users should make sure antivirus software is updated before paging through email accounts.

Clicking on the link within the fake iPhone email will take users to a Windows malware program. A similar email went around in June, according to Time Magazine, with the fake model featuring a slide-out keyboard. This fake iPhone 5GS model features a clear case and a large "5" on the back, which are clear signs that it is a fake release.

The first line of the email in June was the exact same line in the current email, which said "Introducing the iPhone that lets you do more than ever. And do it amazingly faster." Time Magazine's website said this means it could be the same group behind both emails.

Users who become infected by Mal-Zapchas-A virus, which is believed to be contained in the email, run the risk of having their computer accessed by others. Antivirus software should be able to take care of the virus contained in the email for infected users.