Thursday, July 30, 2009

iPhone Owners latest update: Virus

iPhone users who text should be on the alert today because of a possible virus.

Forbes.com is reporting that iPhones could receive a single square text character Thursday afternoon, which could be the start of a viral infection.

Two researchers say they’ve discovered flaws in the iPhone’s software which can easily be hacked. They plan to show how it works today.

Security experts say the only sure way to avoid this virus is to turn off your iPhone.

There’s no word of a patch from iPhone maker Apple.

iPhone SMS hack details:
How does the SMS hack work?
Firstly, this hack does not requirreleae the victim to download any file. The attacker only needs to know the victim’s phone number. Miller says the attack is enabled by a serious memory corruption in the way the iPhone handles SMS messages. For the attack to work, an attacker must send hundreds of SMS control messages (different from regular SMS messages) and only the initial SMS will be seen. This attack works on both the iPhone and the Andoid. What does the iPhone SMS hack do? This hack can allow the attacker to make calls from your iPhone, steal your data, send text messages, and also spread the attack to other iPhones in your address book.

How to recognize and avoid the iPhone virus
If you get a strange text message containing any square box, even if it’s from a recognized number you may be the victim of the iPhone virus.
You have two choices:

1.Put your iPhone in Airplane mode: Go to Settings -> Airplane Mode and slide the button to Off.

2.Hold down the power button, and slide to turn your iPhone off.

The only thing we can do now is wait for Apple to release a patch. We expect Apple to release the iPhone 3.1 update by September, but hopefully this exploit causes them to release it earlier.
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