A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple's wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device.
The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients' computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a Wi-Fi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious code. The hack, the first reported, allowed them to tap the wealth of personal information the phones contain.
Given the cost of the iPhone and the iPod it’s not surprising that Apple has been working on ways to prevent or discourage people from stealing these devices. They’ve recently filed a patent that outlines a kind of “digital charge management” that will allow devices to know when they’re being synced or connected to an unauthorized recharging mechanism. When this happens the device will simply refuse to recharge.
Having owned my iPhone since about 20 minutes after they went on sale June 29, I'm comfortable in saying that, while the iPhone isn't perfect, and has some real flaws, it's nevertheless the best-designed, most pleasurable to use device I've ever owned.
New software hack turns the iPhone into a prepaid cellphone but still only with AT&T/Cingular.
One of the greatest complaints about the release of Apple’s iPhone was the locking of the phone to an AT&T two-year contract.
While Jon Lech Johansen, the software engineer who first developed the crack of DVD’s copy protection, has been able to develop a hack that activates the iPhone so that it can at least play music and perform WiFi tricks without the AT&T contract, the phone remained locked so that it could not be used to make phone calls.
The beef over news of a worm targeting Macs, and the identity of the researcher who claimed to have created the malware, took an even stranger turn Wednesday as death threats were allegedly posted to his or her blog, which was then reportedly hacked.
In return, the researcher leveled charges at a security expert known for taking on Apple Inc.