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July 6, 2009

SMS could cause problems for iPhone owners


by David Allen

Apple is preparing to fix a flaw within the iPhone which could allow a hacker to gain control of the device by exploiting a weakness within the iPhone’s SMS protocols.

By gaining control of the iPhone, criminal gangs could then track the device’s location by accessing the iPhone’s GPS feature.

They could even switch on the microphone and listen in to what the user is doing.

Gaining control of the device could potentially also allow the criminals to send out spam, commit crimes and launch denial of service attacks that are quite capable of taking down any website at anytime.

Apple knows about this issue and is in the process of working on a fix, although the company would probably prefer it if less details about this problem were public.

The iPhone is still a secure device, mainly because it does not rely on Flash or Java which are often the routes taken by hackers to get into computers.

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