SMSs could hand-over iPhone control to hackers

Thursday, July 30, 2009

LONDON - Few SMS messages can make it possible for hackers to control your iPhone, according to two researchers.


Security experts Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner have found a flaw in the way the smart phone handles text messages and which could allow hackers complete control of the phone.

The hack would come in the form of a burst of SMS messages, which contain a single square character.

And this would make it possible for the hacker to control dialling the phone, visiting websites, the phone’s camera and also sending texts to other iPhones, allowing control of them as well.

“This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone,” Sky News quoted Miller as saying.

He added: “Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.”

Mulliner said: “In the business world this could have high value, if you could stop decision makers making or receiving phone calls. Mobile security is really taking off so we are just the first to discover this bug. There is no way this would have stayed secret.”

Miller also said that he has even told Apple about the potential bug over a month ago, but the company still hasn’t released a patch to combat the potential hacks.

The duo will disclose the flaw in the Apple phone during a speech to the Black Hat cybersecurity conference today. (ANI)

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July 31, 2009: 10:28 am

Well, that’s bad news for iPhone users. Hopefully Apple can make a solution for this. And fast. :D

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