Hacker exposes the dangers of jailbreaking, makes iPhones do his bidding

Hacker exposes the dangers of jailbreaking, makes iPhones do his bidding
Jailbreaking an iPhone or an iPad is not something that one should do unless they truly know what they are doing to their device. That is because while introducing a number of features that Apple wouldn't otherwise allow, it also poses security threats that you may not be aware of.

Here is a fresh example: a number of Dutch iPhone users who gave their smartphones the jailbreak treatment got their handsets hacked by an unknown hacker. Why? Simply because they failed to change the default SSH password on their devices. SSH is a a network protocol that is usually enabled after the jailbreak is performed so that the user can execute Terminal commands on the device. Anyone who has network access to an SSH-enabled device and know the login credentials technically has the power to make the device do their bidding.

All that the hacker needed to do is to scan the wireless network, T-Mobile Netherlands in this case, for vulnerable devices. Once access to the targeted iPhone was obtained, the hacker made it look as if a text message is being constantly displayed by replacing the wallpaper. Here is what it said: "Your iPhone's been hacked because it's really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your iPhone right now! Right now, I can access all your files."

And sure enough, some of the victims paid the fee. Fortunately, the hacker was not after causing damage to anyone, which is why all the money that was obtained was given back afterwards. Furthermore, instructions for removing the security hole were sent by email, along with an apology for causing any trouble.

However, should the hacker wanted to, they could send text messages without the user's knowledge or obtain sensitive information, such as stored text messages. And the example above shows how dangerous jailbreaking can be unless one is aware of the risks that it brings along.

source: Tweakers (translated) via Ars Technica


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9 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

"Corporations love iOS more than BlackBerry OS; Android seen as a security risk" yeah we can clearly see that.

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Jailbreaking, just like rooting or ROMing a Droid makes phones more vulnerable. Any competent IT admin would ban jailbroken or rooted phones from the network. The problem with Android is that there is much much more malware out there and it can easily be installed without rooting. Not to mention that most Android users nowadays have no idea what they are doing - they just see the pretty screen and install any app in the market, then complain when their phone constantly reboots or has FCs.

5. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

i suppose i fail to see how rooting my phone makes it more vulnerable in comparison to its already vulnerable state

3. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

lol I see what you did there. Even though I'm a bigger fan of the Android OS, I can definitely see where security is a bigger issue than other mobile operating systems.

4. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

All things are vulnerable to any threaths.

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Did I not call this? Unless anyone understands Apple, Android or any other OS beyond just being blinded by love for your products of choice, no system is secure. I just posted my experiences with hacking on another subject about this. I am currently running the original "unrooted" HTC Evo and have had no issues from day one. All my colleagues that have jailbroken their iphones, or rooted their Androids, have met issue after issue. John B.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

When an Android phone is rooted, though, this kind of stuff does not happen.

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Actually it does. Modifying ANY modern day operating system beyond what it is designed for, breaks down the built-in filters which are imbedded within the programming of the system. These filters are put in place to minimize the potential danger from viruses, malware etc. They are not fullproof, but they are there for a reason. Hacking an OS is rather simple. Hacking the OS and keeping the coded filters in place, is not. Hence, making any modifications to your mobile device through jailbreaks or roots, wipes out the filters as well. This is why it is not recommended and consequently voids warranties. Engineers and Developers, can find ways to alter a system and make devices run more efficiently. Hackers can't. They just find ways to make your device run choice programs without recognizing the detrimental effects. John B.

9. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

This is not going to make ios users stop jailbreaking. Their phones are practically useless without jailbreaks so hey u guys av to understand.......we dont av a choice,jailbreak get your phone hacked or own a dump phone.its ur choice.lol

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