Chances are you’ve never seen this screen on your jailbroken iPhone, but let’s do something to make sure you minimize the chances of it ever happening. TUAW and Ars Technica recently reported that a Dutch hacker was logging right into jailbroken iPhones in the Netherlands because — just like most wi-fi router owners – the […]
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A good reason to change your “alpine” SSH password

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Chances are you’ve never seen this screen on your jailbroken iPhone, but let’s do something to make sure you minimize the chances of it ever happening. TUAW and Ars Technica recently reported that a Dutch hacker was logging right into jailbroken iPhones in the Netherlands because — just like most wi-fi router owners – the users had never bothered to change the SSH password. SSH (Secure Shell) is a way to get files on and off of your iPhone, and the default username and password are “root” and “alpine”, so all the hacker had to do once he found a jailbroken iPhone was to log in, insert this lockscreen wallpaper, and execute one of those maniacal super villain laughs (in Dutch).

He eventually gave up his plans for world domination and ended publishing instructions for how to get rid of that pesky lockscreen notification, as well as how to change the SSH login password. This is just a good real-world reminder that your little Apple iPhone that changing the default password is an excellent idea. Can you guess what I did this morning in Mobile Terminal?

[pic from TUAW]

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