Apple To Send Software Update To Lessen Chance Of Charger Hack On iPhone

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Researchers have found that malware could be uploaded to an iPhone through a charging device and Apple will be updating it’s IOS to prevent this from happening.

A man shows the smartphone photo sharingThe BBC reports that the hack, shown off at the Black Hat conference currently going on in Las Vegas, would search the memory and also take screen shots of usernames and passwords.

The work by computer scientists at Georgia Tech in the US can compromise iOS devices in about 60 seconds.

Apple’s pending update warns users to be sure they are using a trusted charging point when they plug in.

The custom built chargers include a small computer alongside the electronic components that pipe power into an Apple iOS device.

The tiny computer interrogates an iPhone or tablet and copies a unique ID number that identifies that phone.

This is then used on an Apple website to take advantage of an uploading tool usually used by developers to test their software on an iOS gadget.

 

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