Tuesday, July 28, 2009

iPhone SMS Hijack To Come Thursday

Here's a quote from a Forbes article about an iPhone SMS hijacking hack coming sometime after Thursday afternoon:

"If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly.

That small cipher will likely be your only warning that someone has taken advantage of a bug that Miller and his fellow cybersecurity researcher Collin Mulliner plan to publicize Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas."

Evidently, the hack allows the hacker to control all aspects of your iPhone. Not good.

This group finds flaws in cell phone operating systems and tells the company about it. Since Apple has not released a patch, the group says it is releasing the SMS hack. Although it doesn't seem that anything malicious is expected to happen, you don't want to leave yourself in a vulnerable position.

Spread the word.
UPDATE: Apple released iPhone OS 3.0.1 on 7/31/2009 which fixes the security flaw. Thank goodness I never received the hacking SMS.

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