Hacking iPhone through charging cable


ftaok

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Jan 23, 2002
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Interesting article about hacking iphone through charging cable. Curious if it's only through after market cables, and not genuine apple cables.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/tech/mobile/hack-iphone-charger/index.html
That CNN article tells you nothing. I read a different article that had more details. Apparently the hacking device is not a charger. It's a complete computer on a tiny board. The "charger" is about 10x the size of a regular charger.

Could someone miniaturize it and disguise it as a charger? Sure, but it would still need to have the user plug it in.

A more insidious method would be to build a hacking charge point and put it in a mall or rest stop. Like the USB equipped chairs at the airport.
 

scaredpoet

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It could probably be thwarted by making sure your iOS device is passcode locked before plugging it into any "charger" that you don't own or know the provenance of.