IT security and data protection firm Sophos has warned internet
users that scammers are using the lure of a free next generation
iPhone to gather email addresses and other personal
Sophos has intercepted email spam inviting recipients to sign-up
to test, try and keep the much-predicted (but as yet unannounced)
next version of the iPhone, which is being dubbed the "4G" by the
Separately, Sophos researchers have also uncovered a
co-ordinated campaign on Twitter, using avatars of sexy young
women, pumping out adverts to users promising a "free iPhone 4G" in
an offer that is claimed to end today.
However, clicking on the links provided in either spam campaign
takes users to a website which demands private information such as
name, address, email contact details and date of birth.
"Even though it hasn't been officially announced by Apple, and
may not be released for a couple of months, there is a lot of buzz
on the internet about the iPhone 4G," said Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "In their
excitement, some internet users might blindly hand over their
personal information in the belief that they will get a preview
version of what will be one of 2010's hottest gadgets. But being
careless with your data risks exposing yourself to more spam in
future and costly identity theft."
Sophos recommends that internet users adopt a healthy level of
scepticism over "too-good-to-be-true" iPhone 4G offers.
"Apple is a company obsessed with secrecy about its upcoming
products - you have to ask yourself, would Apple really be leaking
products out to the general public for testing before they have
officially announced its existence? Security is tight around the
iPhone 4G - the editor of the Gizmodo blog evenhad his house raised
after he claimed to have got his hands on a prototype," continued
Cluley. "Sometimes people's common sense goes out the window when
they're faced with the possibility of a sexy new gadget.. and
that's bad news for personal security and privacy."
Learn more about the threat by reading
Graham Cluley's blog.