Whenever I hear about someone discovering an obscure security flaw in a new electronic device, my first thought is always, “Do these people have anything else going on in their lives?” The amount of time that some people spend on trying to find security breaches is incredible, especially when they’re doing it out of boredom or because they want their 15 minutes of fame on YouTube. But sometimes my second thought is, “Uh oh!”
The latest example that I’ve heard about is a new video on YouTube that demonstrates that passwords on iPhones can be hacked, giving the hacker the ability to make calls, listen to messages and mess with contact lists. A tech blogger added that he was also able to access photos using the trick.
The way it works is by using one phone to call the targeted phone, then cancelling the call and answering with the targeted phone while fiddling with the power button. Sounds rather bizarre, but apparently it works because Apple announced that it would deliver a fix for the problem in a future software update.
You can read CNN coverage of this here.
The person who posted the video asked people to “do no evil” with this trick, but to use it to have fun with it with friends. But now it’s out there and I’m guessing somebody is going to try to take advantage of somebody else.
Have you ever been the victim of a security flaw in your phone or some other electronic device? Please chime in with details about your experiences.