The iPhone vulnerable to sms attacks

The iPhone vulnerable to sms attacks
Charlie Miller, a famous iPhone hacker and analyst with Independent Security Evaluators, will present its software hack for the iPhone at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas tomorrow. He has already informed Apple about the vulnerability, but the company hasn't come up with a patch to fix the issue yet. The hack allows crackers to take control of your device and you don't even have to install software or open a web page, because all the hacker needs is your telephone number. The other piece of malicious code written by Miller allows people to shower your device with messages that in reality have never been sent, because this would, of course, cost. The latter seems to work just fine with Android and Windows Mobile handsets as well.

Two other researchers in the field of cell phone security are expected to demonstrate a way of changing SMS messages, so to the phone they would appear as sent by the carrier, which would allow hackers to change your handset settings remotely. We hope to see the manufacturers work harder to fix security gaps not only retrospectively, but even before vulnerabilities can exploited and hackers have the opportunity to pull tricks like these.

source: Yahoo! Tech

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7 Comments

1. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

First!!!!!! BTW, this is awesome..... Now is this just the phone without network security or is this also happening with AT&Ts network security as well?

2. prostatus

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2009

Haha! It's about time the almighty iPhone gets hacked!

3. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

finally. the damn iphone falls. lol take that apple :)

4. Rager099

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

Never seen so many haters b4 in my life... u guys r full time haters for a living i guess lol

5. prostatus

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2009

Actually, I think the iPhone isn't half bad, my biggest complaint is that Apple went with AT&T instead of a CDMA provider like Verizon or Sprint. Both which are in the process of 4G and LTE. (Sprint already having test markets up and running with 4G areas such as Las Vegas and Balitmore.) I personally feel that AT&T doesn't have a strong or fast enough data network to support such a data heavy phone as the iPhone. I just bash it sometimes because everyone seems to hail it as the end all, be all of cellular phones, but I still laughed when it came out and it wasn't even 3G, when the technology for it was readily available.

6. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

yeah, I've never seen 3 whole people hate on a phone at one time! I bet you never see one person hate on your posts at one time, either, right? Har har har.

7. MTLance unregistered

Awww damn I hope my iPhone 3GS won't get hacked. Controlling from the SIM? WTF is going on, isn't that part of the carrier problem too?

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