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A malicious charger could hack your Apple iPhone

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A malicious charger could hack your Apple iPhone
Three researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are expected to show a proof of concept next month at the Black Hat security conference. The trio will show how a charger could be used to install malware on an Apple iPhone running the latest version of iOS. The malicious charger is built around an open source single-board computer known as a BeagleBoard, available for $45. "This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed," the researchers wrote.

The BeagleBoard can't fit into the rechargers that Apple sells for the iPhone. but it could be hidden elsewhere, like in a docking station or an external battery. The trio said that it takes less than a minute to compromise a device running iOS. "We show how an attacker can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications," reads the description for their appearance at the security conference.

The researchers have been in touch with Apple and if the Cupertino based firm responds, it should make for interesting reading.

source: Forbes

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posted on 02 Jun 2013, 23:02 17

1. blingblingthing (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


What a joke. We all know the iPhone is not hackable. /sarcasm.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 23:23 9

2. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I think that is feature of the iOS. Nothing wrong with that or you using it wrong.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 23:32 9

5. Shatter (Posts: 1961; Member since: 29 May 2013)


No Operating System is unhackable/ immune to viruses.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:15 3

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It does just work.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 23:29 12

3. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Now Apple will tell people to buy the original (costly) chargers from its stores and not anywhere else. I'm sure this is an Apple-funded research.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 23:32 10

4. Shatter (Posts: 1961; Member since: 29 May 2013)


So thats where all the R&D budget from apple went.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 16:37

18. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


If you can afford a smartphone and the monthly fees, $20 is not really that costly. Sure you can get chargers for a lot less than that, and a lot of them are just as good, but $20 is still not a lot of money for most people.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 17:59

20. DroidSTILLDoes (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


You know you would think, but it never ceases to amaze me how many iFans will shell out $200-$400+ for a toy phone, then b*tch cry and throw a tantrum when they have to pay more than $5 for a charger/case/screen protector.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:14 3

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think this is a crackpot study.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:31 4

9. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Why is it a crack pot study?

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 01:38 2

10. Kriksis (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Because they crack (read hack) the pot (read iPhone)...

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 07:47

11. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


He disagrees, simply because it's anti-iphone, but I wanted to hear what he actually had to say about it... in all likelyhood, he won't back up his stance

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 08:02

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A malicious charger hacking your iPhone. That makes no sense.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 10:00

13. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Next month you'll see proof of it along with Apples denial by dismissively saying your charging it wrong.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 10:32

15. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Apple users buying the same phone year after year makes no sense.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 11:25

16. PAPINYC (Posts: 2177; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iThink uGot iHacked .... HAAA!!!

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 10:23 2

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


When Lookout came out saying that every Android was in danger of getting malware and viruses, fandroids claim that it was just a scam but this news comes out and , ohhh is must be true.. the more I read the fandroid’s comments, the more I love my iphone.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 12:40

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


And you doing the opposite just proves your just as bad as the "fandroids" you just denounced.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 16:43 2

19. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


He's not doing the opposite, he's pointing out fanboy hypocrisy.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 21:08

21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I actually agree with your comment......

someone tell me I'm dreaming

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