Written by: Adam Christianson
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OH DEAR !
Looks like you have got sucked into a world of fear this week.
Point 1. The SMS exploit could only ‘potentially’ allow a hacker to control your iPhone and it would have required a team of complete coding geniuses to do this. Of course, this has since been patched by Apple. I guess Apple didn’t need to rush an update out weeks ago as the only thing the SMS exploit could achieve on the iPhone was a 10 second freeze.
Of course once the exploit was published this may have tuned into a serious issue if super hackers teamed together for 2 weeks to write a virus/worm. This is the opposite of the action taken by Google who released a patch very quickly. Of course the exploit did actually enable the hacker to completely ‘kill’ the android handset which is far more serious.
Point 2. It looks like Apple’s fears regarding jailbroken iPhones being used for nefarious means are well founded. An app named TAFT running on a jailbroken iPhone was demonstrated at Blackhat which allows the user to ‘hack’ or ‘attack’ many types of GSM smartphones. Taking this as an example Apple looks to be in the right by wanting to lock down application control.
Now, the message regarding Orange in the UK. There is no £20 unlimited text and data plan and even if there were you would still be on at least an 18 month contract.
O2 do offer plans like this which are on a month to month contract basis for £20. Hmm, you need to check this prior to making your shows. Normally you are on the ball with this stuff.
Point 2: I disagree, not with the fact it can be done, but that someone that is going to have an intent for hacking a cell (or any) network will find a way to do this regardless. I think that was the point Adam was making, he wasn’t going that deep into the tech aspects. You can’t “criminalize” everything.
The genie is out of the bottle, jailbreaking is everywhere, and as long as they make iPhones, they’ll be people to hack them. Besides, I don’t think the cell providers are exactly hurting for cash – they need to tighten up their network. Or Apple may a foolproof device… good luck for anyone doing that. ;)