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Always Practice Safe Charging: Your iPhone Can be Hacked Via a Modified Charger

Always Practice Safe Charging: Your iPhone Can be Hacked Via a Modified Charger

When traveling, always practice safe charging with your iOS devices, as a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have put together a prototype charger capable of installing malware onto an iPhone.

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Gizmodo:

The research, which is to be presented at the Black Hat security conference in late July and was spotted by Forbes, was born out of the idea of creating innocent-looking devices which could be used to hack phones.

Describing their findings as “alarming”, the researchers explain: “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.”

The charger, dubbed Mactans, (another name for the Black Widow spider), uses a small onboard computer to perform its devious duties. It is based on the Texas instruments BeagleBoard, which retails at $45. At this point, the resulting package comes in at three inches square, so it’s noticeably bigger then your average power supply, however it could be squeezed into a smaller form factor if needed.

Thankfully, the details on how it works are few, but the researchers claim the charger can compromise an iOS device in under a minute, and say the malware is persistent and tough to spot.

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