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
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.