Death threats, but he will never give you up
The bloke who released the first iPhone virus from his
home in Wollongong did not think he would get death threats, media interviews
or job offers. Ashley Towns, 21, said that he got all three in one day
after an audacious viral security “experiment” got out of hand.
"I was reading a blog that said in bold letters to change
your passwords and I wondered how many had. The problem was that most of the
people on his network had not," said Towns.
He wrote the hack software when he was half asleep
without thinking of the legal consequences. He didn't think it would spread to
more than 10 or 15 people. But since his name was linked to the virus, Towns says
things have been “crazy” and someone even figured out my mobile number and
published it online.
Towns's new-found notoriety has already netted him a job
interview with an iPhone application developer who learnt of his escapade
through the media. But while the coppers have not arrested him he has
received plenty of abuse, a number of threats from unknown persons and been
vilified in a spoof online encyclopaedia entry.
While there are plenty of instructions for removing the
virus online, many iPhone users are now waiting to see if it affected their
data download limits, which could result in extra billing charges. An online poll run by Sophos in response to the incident,
it emerged that that 75 per cent of the 721 respondents believed Towns had done
“iPhone users a favour” by showing them how vulnerable they were.