Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have released details of a hack they can preform on an iPhone using a modified charging unit, which effects all iPhone users jailbroken or not.
The Mactans hack which uses a modified iPhone charger and a Texas Instruments BeagleBoard, which retails for around $45, is capable of by-passing the iPhone defences and successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software.
Exact details of the hack are still unknown at the moment but the method will be demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference in late July, and will be presented by Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song.
“Apple iOS devices are considered by many to be more secure than other mobile offerings. In evaluating this belief, we investigated the extent to which security threats were considered when performing everyday activities such as charging a device.
The results were alarming: despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.”
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