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Warning! Your iPhone Can Be Hacked!

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International Business Times: A Mac security expert has discovered a technique that hackers could use to take control of Apple Inc. computers and iPhones in order to steal data, disproving the long believed theory that Apple products are more secure than PCs.

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Charlie Miller, a noted security researcher, discovered the hack a month ago and contacted Apple, but the company has yet to release a software update fixing the security hole. Miller and fellow researcher Collin Mulliner will make the exploit public at today's Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas, where hosts and attendees exchange information on Internet threats.

The hack involves sending a series of SMS messages to hijack the iPhone. At that point, the hacker could make calls, steal data, send text messages, and basically control all functions of the phone. The hacker could even use it to hijack more iPhones.

Earlier this month, the iPhone was shown to not be as safe as users had expected. Forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski recently bypassed the iPhone 3GS's passcode PIN and backup encryption with relative ease.

Attacks on Apple computers are extremely rare, but security experts believe this will soon change as Macs gain market share on PCs running Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system.

Dai Zovi, who is the co-author of "The Mac Hacker's Handbook," said that once hackers start to put substantial resources into targeting Apple's computers, they will be at least as vulnerable as Windows machines, according to Reuters.

"There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs," he said.

Miller, co-author of "The Mac Hacker's Handbook," said that the Mac OS will be easier to crack than Windows as it is bigger and less concisely written. This means that there is more room for vulnerabilities and bugs.

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RD July 5, 2010, 11:24 AM

Hello…
I am facing a weird problem in my IPhone 3gs.
I have not activated GPRS.. still i am being charged for GPRS usage and that to it shows usage after every one hour at a fixed time when i checked my transactions.
Earlier i thought there would be some problem with my carrier,but i checked with them.. and there was no issue from their end..as they also mentioned that GPRS is not activated..so charge cannot be applied..
I guess this might be due to some virus… for which i formatted the iphone.. but then still no luck..:(..again the same problem..Is it possible that my IPhone has got hacked?? But also note that i didnn’t get any SMS as described in the article .Is there any solution for this??? Please help

RD July 5, 2010, 11:26 AM

Hello…
I am facing a weird problem in my IPhone 3gs.
I have not activated GPRS.. still i am being charged for GPRS usage and that to it shows usage after every one hour at a fixed time when i checked my transactions.
Earlier i thought there would be some problem with my carrier,but i checked with them.. and there was no issue from their end..as they also mentioned that GPRS is not activated..so charge cannot be applied..
I guess this might be due to some virus… for which i formatted the iphone.. but then still no luck..:(..again the same problem..Is it possible that my IPhone has got hacked?? But i didn’t get any SMS as mentioned in the article.Is there any solution for this??? Please help

Kevin99 September 29, 2010, 6:32 AM

Yeah I heard those news in 2009. There were some similar problems in 2010 too. Hackers don’t sleep and they invent new and new hacks every time so we must be careful. At the moment there are no risk at all in using iPhones. Of course you must be careful by yourself too - don’t give it to strangers and people that you don’t know well or don’t trust. Remember that the privacy of information is the most important thing.
Regards, Kevin from iphone application development

cindy October 5, 2010, 2:26 PM

if i delete my texts can they still be read?

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Amanda00 January 30, 2011, 8:59 AM

Wow thanks for such a great read. I have never thought that someone can hack not only my computer but my phone too. How they are doing that? It seems that I can’t understand anything in such situation. However I suppose that if my iPhone won’t be connected to the internet they won’t be able to do that yeah? Thanks for the nice post one more time and keep posting such nice ones in the future too.
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