How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS.

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. Using a flaw they've found in the iPhone's handling of text messages, the researchers say they'll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone's functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device's camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.

Though Miller and Mulliner say they notified Apple about the vulnerability more than a month ago, the company hasn't released a patch, and it didn't respond to Forbes' repeated calls seeking comment.

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shocky163273d ago

You'd think Apple would of sued them before it got this far.

jack who3273d ago

shocky16 - 1 hour ago

You'd think Apple would of sued them before it got this far.

lol dont be a crack head

Wizeguy213273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

you would think! I hope these guys manage to do it.. It would send a clear message to Apple.. And also it would be HILARIOUS!

Edit: They did warn apple about it a month ago. It's not like this is a surprise attack.

RockmanII73273d ago

for once, I'm glad to have an iTouch

UltimateIdiot9113273d ago

Do it hackers. Show the world how vulnerable the iPhone really is.

4pocalyps33273d ago

so my friend can stop being an annoying b!tch about how he thinks his phone is better than mine and he doesnt even use it for apps -_-' (hes got iphone 2g, i got xperia x1)

UltimateIdiot9113273d ago

Wow, nice the xperia. Must have cost a fortune.

4pocalyps33273d ago

cost me a paycheck and a half ;-; but totally worth it. bad thing now so friggin bored with it. i think i have maxed out the phone. i've put stuff like emulators and that onto it. but i'm a total noob with windows mobile. sooooo im not sure what else i can do -_-'

Nateh8sYou3273d ago

I'm using the HTC Touch pro and love it, but now I want your phone

Blitzed3273d ago

You didn't read the article, they found a similar bug in Windows Mobile. Sh!t, I guess your friends phone is still better...

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Jamaicangmr3273d ago

Blackberry all the way, i just gotta warn everyone i know with an iphone. Damn my phone bills gonna cost me a small fortune this month lol!

Wizeguy213272d ago

Blackberry OS sucks!

And I hate that little track ball...