A new security warning has gone out to all iPhone owners: avoid charging your phone with charger cords you don’t trust. This warning stems from a new report that hackers have found a way to steal info off user’s iPhones, as well as download apps onto the phone that can cause a number of other problems. This iPhone hack simply requires the user to connect his iPhone to a rogue charge cable carrying the hacking software.
The hack involves an iPhone exploit in which attaching a charger cable to your iPhone allows the charger to identify your phone’s Universal Device ID. After stealing this info, the charger installs software on the phone that converts it to an Apple test device. Test Device phones can be accessed remotely, and do not require user authentication for use. Thus, hackers can then control your phone remotely as an iPhone slave.
Perhaps worse of all, this change to your iPhone is permanent. There is currently no way to turn off the developer software, meaning that the hacked iPhone will need to be replaced.
Apple is working on ways to combat this hack, but there are currently no ways to prevent the iPhone from being overtaken by this rogue software once it has been connected. The only way to guarantee that your iPhone stays safe is to only charge it with charging equipment you know and trust. Public charging stations may seem convenient, but they are the top spots that iPhone hacking chargers will be placed.
Have you ever used a public charging station to charge your iPhone? Furthermore, does it worry you that cellphones can now be taken over by hackers?