A malicious charger could hack your Apple iPhone

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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20 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

2. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

No Operating System is unhackable/ immune to viruses.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It does just work.

3. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

18. stealthd unregistered

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.

20. DroidSTILLDoes

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think this is a crackpot study.

9. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Why is it a crack pot study?

10. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

11. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

15. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iThink uGot iHacked .... HAAA!!!

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

19. stealthd unregistered

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

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I actually agree with your comment...... someone tell me I'm dreaming

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