But it's my hunch, and that's as good as anyone can get when it comes to predicting future trends in malware, that such a virus attack would not come via the iPhone/iPod Touch App Store. Rather, it'd come through the mail client or Safari. Which brings us to the utility in Intego's announcement that it's VirusBarrier X5 will eradicate malware from the iPhone and iPod Touch.
From the press release:
Not only Macs are at risk from malware; now that users can install applications on the iPhone and iPod Touch, these devices are open to attack as well.
It's possible -- I mean, viruses have been shipped with retail software packages, MP3 players, and most recently a handful of digital picture frames -- but it's not a risk I'd get all choked up about. Also, because VirusBarrier scans the iPhone and iPod Touch when docked (there is no AV agent placed on the devices) users are still at risk through the most likely attack vectors: Web and mail.
Intego makes good software, and I run its firewall on my Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, but I wouldn't buy VirusBarrier X5 because it scans iPhones and the iPod Touch. The good news for current VirusBarrier X5 users is that the update is free.