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Georgia Tech researchers hack iPhone with malicious wall-charger

By Jesse
Jun 3, 2013
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  1. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are claiming that they have developed a method to inject arbitrary software into iOS via a USB wall-charger.

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  2. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +131

    Let's be realistic here. iPhone users aren't concerned about their device security all that much. If they were that concerned, they wouldn't be using an iOS device. It's all too easy to clone the drive of an iPhone and run the iOS installed on the device in a virtual environment. Once in a virtual environment, brute forcing a 4 digit passcode will take mere milliseconds. If a password is used instead of a pin, it might take up to an hour for a 7 char pass with symbols and capital letters or numbers. Essentially any password up to 12 characters is crackable within a week on an iPhone and 13-14 characters is possible within a week using distributed resources across a cluster.
     
  3. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    Let's be even more realistic and say that if anyone is concerned about their security, they wouldn't buy any digital device, or sign up to any services full stop.
     
  4. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 158   +41

    Great, now I can't trust to buy those really cheap $3 wall chargers on ebay/amazon.
     
  5. The BeagleBone is about as big as your phone.
    You'd notice if it were attached to the charger.
     

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