On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS. If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly. That small cipher will likely be your […]
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iPhone SMS Bug Could ‘Hijack Every iPhone in the World’

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On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS.

If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly.

That small cipher will likely be your only warning that someone has taken advantage of a bug that Miller and his fellow cybersecurity researcher Collin Mulliner plan to publicize Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Using a flaw they’ve found in the iPhone’s handling of text messages, the researchers say they’ll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone’s functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device’s camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.

This is worth being aware of today “ a security hole in the iPhone that may allow very damaging exploits to be developed and come along very soon after the details of the vulnerability are revealed today. 

The worst news in the Forbes report that I ‘ve quoted from above is that Apple were told about this vulnerability over a month ago, and have still not patched it and, of course, have refused to comment at all on the situation. 

Honestly,  Apple ‘s ‘zero communication ‘ policy in so many areas is repulsive to see.  It ‘s one thing not to comment on the zillions of device rumors that float around each year in ‘iPhone season ‘ “ it ‘s quite another to have horrifically bad communication with apps developers and to keep silent on a critical security concern like this one.  Users deserve both a quick patch and some proper answers addressing this subject.

Check out Forbes ‘ report HERE for lots more details on this.

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