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Thursday, July 30, 2009

iPhones and Windows Mobile devices at risk from SMS bug?

Today’s Black Hat technical security conference in Las Vegas will see Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner explaining how a bug in the iPhone could be exploited to take control of the device. The two researchers say a series of text messages – most of which wouldn’t be seen – could let a hacker take control of any iPhone function. The only indication would be the first text message containing a single square.

The pair say they told Apple of the flaw over a month ago – and they’ve found a similar problem in Windows Mobile (or is that ‘Windows Phone’?) devices. Android devices were also found to be susceptible to malicious text messages but were issued with a ‘patch’ within a few days. [Sources: Forbes.com; CNET.com]

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