Posts Tagged ‘iphone security issue’

In continuation from our last post, here is yet another development which took place in the last few days when some jailbroken iPhone users found their home screen background a little different than it was last seen by them. If your jailbroken iPhone has changed its background automatically to that of Rick Astley (some 80’s singer) with the words “ikee is never going to give you up”, then you are most likely a victim of ikee virus which infects iPhone’s via SSH. The virus in question has originated from Australia by a hacker named Ikee and it is now quickly spreading to other parts of the world. If you have been affected, luckily there is no harm done as this virus was more of an experiment than anything else.

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A Dutch hacker recently threatened all jailbroken iPhone users with a proof of concept showing that their phones stand vulnerable to high risk and are absolutely unsafe after being jailbroken. He made use of port scanning method to find jailbroken iPhones in his country Netherlands running with SSH. He then sent unaware and totally off guard users a SMS message which read: “Your iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your iPhone right now! Right now, I can access all your files.”. The screen is question can be seen in the screenshot below.

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Apple has just released iPhone firmware 3.0.1 for iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This new update has been released in the wake of the recently demoed SMS exploit that could enable a hacker to remotely take over the victim’s iPhone. The official installation note from Apple about this security fix is as follows.

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After the release of iPhone OS 3.0, Apple fixed 46 security bugs. That gives you a hint of the amount of loop holes Apple has left in the operating system. Imagine the amount of harm it might have caused to the iPhone users without their knowledge.

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