Popularity has its dark side. In technology, it draws the attention of hackers and cybercriminals. Now, with Apple’s successful launch of the iPad, the device has become the target of malware:

Scammers are distributing e-mails designed to trick iPad owners into downloading software that they think is an iTunes update, but which turns out to be malware that opens a back door on the computer…

link: iPad users on Windows targeted with malware

As computer security people have warned for years, only download from legitimate, trusted sites. And for Apple users, this is further evidence to discard the notion that Apple products are free from malware attacks. Admittedly, while this malware’s targeted for machines running Windows, this news serves to remind us that all systems are vulnerable to attack — Apple label or not.

Catherine Forsythe

*** thanks to R.G Fogarty for his assistance with this entry.