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iPhone may be Vulnerable to Hacker Attacks

At the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, security experts uncovered flaws in Apple Inc.’s iPhone, that they say hackers can exploit to take control of the phone. Security experts warned that iPhone users need to know that their device is not entirely secure and that Apple should try to repair the vulnerability as soon as possible.
Charlie Miller, a security analyst, and Collin Mulliner, a Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Berlin, discovered a method for hacking the iPhone that lets hackers easily knock a victim’s iPhone off a carrier’s network. This hacker method prevents users from making calls, accessing the Internet and exchanging text messages. At the Conference, the two showed how a hacker can disconnect an iPhone from the cellular network by sending it a singly, maliciously crafted text message, a message which the victim never sees. The messages send bugs into the iPhone, and are used to crash parts of the software.
Miller says that messaging attacks are attractive, and are gong to become more common, because the underlying technology is a core phone feature that can’t be turned off. Security experts have successfully tested the hacks on iPhones running on networks of four carriers in Germany along with AT&T in the United States. They said that they believe the methods will work with iPhone carriers around the world.
Security experts say they warned Apple of the flaw in the middle of July, but that the company has not yet fixed the problem.

For more information see: http://www.msnbc.msn/com/id/32222633/ns/techonolgoy_and_science-security/

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