Iphone Users Beware!!!
Your iphone can be hacked with a malicious charger, is that a rumor?
Be conscious the next time you borrow a charger……. who knows that person might be trying to harm your iPhone… That innocent looking charger may become a threat to your device by injecting more than mere electricity.
Researchers from Georgia Institute of technology claim they can hack an Apple iOS device with ease, just with the help of a charger which they have planned to show off at the upcoming Black Hat security conference in late July.
According to them this charger can be used to invisibly install malware on a device which is running the latest version of Apple’s iOS. Though, up till now none of them have shared the details of their work. Their talk description was posted to the conference website depicts the experiment result as “Alarming”. In spite of the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, they were successful in injecting arbitrary software into current generation Apple devices running the latest OS (operating system) software
They claim that they neither have to use jail break nor the user interactions; alternatively they have constructed the malicious charger which they are calling Mactans, using a Beagle Board, a low- power open-source hardware single-board computer.
The matter seems a bit cloudy that how much convincing the charger will be, naturally given that a 3 inch square beagle board can’t perfectly fit into the smaller power adaptors, sold by Apple for charging its gadgets. But there is a possibility a Beagle Board could be concealed in an external battery.
According to the Georgia Tech researcher, their team had contacted Apple regarding their exploit, but hadn’t gotten any response from the company yet and refused to make any further comments
The researchers write that in less than a minute their attack can compromise an iOS device running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Further they added that they can prove that the malware infection generated from their malicious charger is continual and more than impossible to spot.
For sure Georgia Tech researchers would be far enough from the first to hack iOS devices through their USB connections. The “Evasion” jailbreak which was released by a group of iOS hackers in Feb, for example, took better advantage of a fault present in iOS mobile backup system to break apart the devices security measures.
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