As if there’s not quite enough reasons to be paranoid about mobile security, research shows that even chargers are capable of serving serious hacks on your devices. The finding was from a team from Georgia Institute of Technology who discovered that even a simple charger can attack any Apple iPhone:
The results were alarming: despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.
The worst part?
To ensure persistence of the resulting infection, we show how an attacker can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications.
The GA Tech team will not be making a full presentation until July during the Black Hat Conference in LA. In the meantime, play safe and check out these tips for how to keep your devices safe(r).