Fix for the iPhone Worm – ‘ikee’

by: - Last updated on: December 17th, 2016

If your iPhone is jailbroken and if you see the below image as your home screen, it is time to tighten your pants security and fix your worm affected iPhone.


A hacker named ikex has created what’s apparently the first iPhone worm, and it’s currently infecting jailbroken iPhones across Australia. The “ikee” worm, as it’s being called, takes advantage of the fact that jailbroken iPhones with SSH installed all have the same default root password of “alpine,” and once in the system it changes your wallpaper to an image of Rick Astley and then tries to install itself on other jailbroken iPhones on the network. On the top of the screen it says “ikee is never going to give you up”. If you have been affected, luckily there is no harm done as this virus was more of an experiment than anything else.

Once an iPhone has been infected by ikee, it automatically starts searching for other iPhone’s on the cellular network that use the root:alpine username/password combination. Once it finds another vulnerable iPhone, it installs itself and begins the process again and this goes on like a nuclear chain reaction. ikee virus will disable SSH access on your iPhone and will change the background image to that of “Rick Astley” as can be seen in the screenshot above.

To protect your jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch from ikee virus attack or any other similar attacks in the future, you must change your default SSH password now.

How to Change Default SSH Password and Fix ikee Virus on iPhone?

1. Go to Cydia and search for MobileTerminal app and then install it on your iPhone. Once you have successfully installed MobileTerminal, reboot your iPhone.


2. Start MobileTerminal app and type the following command to change the root password


Press enter. And then type


as your login and ‘alpine‘ as your current root password.
After logging in, Type


Press enter.


3. It will now prompt you to enter a new password (twice). Simply enter your desired new password again.

Now. it should all be fine.


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  1. Mate, What’s with all the links going back to this article? Stop pushing your web link. If you need help email me at Chances are if you got into this, you will have the skills to get out. Drop me a line and I’ll help get you out.



    ps – Apple has been told not to discuss this – so f’em. its easy to keep your phone jailbroken and free from this a$$hole.

  2. I left my phone connected to pc last night and now I can not get into my phone it is asking for a password. Not pass code like I had set up??? This has letter and number? I have not jail broken my phone either, I am confused.