Sneaky iPhone Charger

According to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, your iPhone can be hacked simply by plugging it in to the wall to charge.  Fortunately, the exploit has nothing to do with your wall charger, or really anything that looks like a standard iPhone wall charger.

The team put together a special “charger” derived from the Texas Instruments BeagleBoard, a reasonably small, open source computer that retails for a mere $45.  Fortunately, it’s not small enough to be mistaken for an iPhone charger.  But using the box they were successfully able to inject arbitrary code onto an iOS device within seconds of “plugging” it in.  It’s not clear if the code would be able to run any malicious code, but most certainly gives pause to those that believe that their iPhone is secure.

The team of researches plan on showing off the prototype charger at the Black Hat security conference in July.



Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."