Critical iPhone Bugs To Be Publicized Today At Black Hat Conference
If you receive a text message in the near future containing nothing but a square character, Collin Mulliner and Charlie Miller suggest immediately turning off your iPhone, as this is the only clue you will get that someone has exploited the bug that could take over your iPhone completely. At today’s Black Hat cybersecurity conference, they plan to publicize this bug, which, when exploited properly, can be used to gain control of all functions of someone’s iPhone without their consent or even knowledge.
This includes dialing the phone, surfing websites, activating the camera and microphone on the device, and, most importantly, sending the same SMSs to other devices to bring them under control as well.
“This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone,” Miller told Forbes. “Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.”
Both Milliner and Miller say they have notified Apple of the bug (as is customary), but Apple has yet to release a patch for the flaw, so your iPhone is still at risk of being affected.
If that’s not scary enough, this terrible bug is just one of the many that they plan to reveal at their talk. Another bug, which also affects Google Android handsets, would allow someone to send a series of SMS messages that would knock the device off of a cell network for 10 seconds at a time. If repeated, it could potentially keep them off of the network.
Miller and Mulliner first announced in mid-June that they would be speaking about the flaw at the conference.