First-ever iPhone virus spreads via SMS?

By Justin
Jul 31, 2009
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  1. The security-conscious atmosphere that Apple likes to breed might be in danger. There have been numerous reports recently of a new vulnerability, dubbed the “iPhone SMS Virus”, that could result in the smartphone being compromised or remotely controlled. Hacker Charlie Miller released this so-called first iPhone virus yesterday, six weeks after reporting the flaw to Apple. Giving it away to the public at a security conference in Las Vegas, this could prove to be a sticky situation for the Cupertino company if the implications are true.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,540   +859

    Cometh The IPhone Virus, Is This the End of the Dial Tone as We Know It..?

    Fifty years from now historians will recount, "it's been said that during the great IPhone Virus outbreak, on a quiet night, you could hear the cell towers exploding from miles away"!
  3. Algoz

    Algoz Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    Hope this isn't true, but if it is I guess Apple with neither confirm nor deny, they'll just issue an OS upgrade.

    But, seeing as how iPhone OS is based on OS X, does this mean a vulnerability exists there?
  4. VonDisco

    VonDisco Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    'six weeks after reporting the flaw to Apple'

    Apple really need to sort themsleves out and realise that their hardware and software isn't invicible it's appalling that they will refuse to do anything about any problems pickup up on about their products.

    They'll probably just say it's user error and leave it be just like the overheating issue..
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,540   +859

    This is the sort of thing that happens when you've been lying to the public for a protracted period of time! The lying starts to become pathological and you believe it yourself .

    One description of an Apple board meeting might be, a "corporate group-think for sociopaths".
  6. guyver1

    guyver1 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 106

    "Interestingly, one of the most plausible-sounding do-it-yourself fixes requires having a jailbroken iPhone"

    HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

    I spat tea everywhere!!!!

    Irony thy name is Apple
  7. Algoz

    Algoz Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    There you go, a simple software upgrade. No admission, no denial. Silence is deafening!
  8. Apple = Fail.
    Again, and again, and again...
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Yes, looks like Google failed too.
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    Was wondering if my friends iPhone was at risk until I read.....

    "Interestingly, one of the most plausible-sounding do-it-yourself fixes requires having a jailbroken iPhone"

    Then decided he is probably safe since he jailbroke his phone within 2 days of owning it :p

    Think its great that a hacked iPhone is a safe iPhone :D
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