Mobiles open to hacking

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Aug 1, 2009
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Mobile phones open to hacking via text messages

All that the hacker has to do is send a text message which the victim does not even see, and the message allows the hacker to take over the device. — PHOTO: NEW PAPER

LAS VEGAS – GETTING a text message is akin to someone sliding mail under your door: You may not have asked for it, you cannot stop its delivery and you have to deal with it whether you want to or not.The fact that text messages appear on mobile phones without any interaction from the user – and sometimes with limited interference from network operators – can give criminals an opening to break into those devices, said researchers at the Black Hat cyber-security conference here on Thursday.

Apple’s iPhones and phones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Google’s Android operating systems were all shown to be vulnerable, said researchers at the annual conference, which drew some 4,000 security experts, including hackers.

Mr Charlie Miller, a well-known hacker of Apple’s products, demonstrated at the event how hackers could exploit a newly discovered flaw in Apple’s handset to control its key functions to steal data, make calls, surf the Web and send text messages.

All that the hacker has to do is send a single, maliciously crafted text message which the victim does not even see, and the message allows the hacker to take over the device.

Problems were also detected in phones running Android and Windows Mobile.

Apple said it could not immediately comment. Microsoft said it is investigating the matter. Google confirmed that its vulnerability had been fixed.

The findings are troubling as people increasingly use their mobile phones for handling sensitive data, like online banking.

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