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Hacker Hijacks A number Of Jailbroken iPhones, Requests Ransom

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By Chris Scott Barr

There are a number of reasons why a person might want to jailbreak their iPhone. This list includes data tethering, using it on another carrier and running unauthorized apps. Of course if you aren’t careful, you could leave your device vulnerable to a rather simple attack. Recently a number of people discovered a rather troubling message on their jailbroken phones, informing them that they had indeed been hacked.

The message, seen to the right, was left on a number of people’s phones with a link to the hacker’s website. Originally the hacker was asking for €5 in exchange for a fix, though he has now simply posted the fix on his site. So how did he pull it off? It’s simple really.

He used port scanning on the T-Mobile network (in the Netherlands) to find iPhones running SSH. This is something generally necessary when jailbreaking an iPhone. Armed with the knowledge that many people don’t bother changing the default password, he was able to gain access to a number of phones. He then changed the wallpaper to make it look as though there was an SMS alert being displayed.

It’s good that the hacker changed his tune and made the fix available for free. It does bring up a very, very valuable point. Regardless of what we’re talking about, be it desktop, phone or server; change the root password!

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  • chaosoldier

    Not to rub it in.. But if they are Jailbreaking it without securing it then they deserve it. Plus this is just funny all he did was mess with people and didn't take anything personal..

  • EspritOuvert

    Haha, hilarious. I love it

  • Nikkita Croix

    I wonder how much money the hacker made? Of course doiop.com cancelled the redirect, so that put a limit on it. What if the hacker was really just trying to steal the people's credit card and bank information instead of changing their wallpaper and telling them to change their password?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Murd/1628091753 Martin Murd

    Agreed.

    If you are using a jailbreaked iPhone anyway, you might as well make it secure.

  • mcman

    What if you don't have an iphone?

  • Jessicat

    Is this like the forums a while back. Anyone using PHP and using the made templates and things, didn't bother changing the passwords, so all forums were reset. Losing loads of info. People aren't really smart when it comes to passwords or security. People give out their passwords to just about anyone.

  • Jessicat

    Is this like the forums a while back. Anyone using PHP and using the made templates and things, didn't bother changing the passwords, so all forums were reset. Losing loads of info. People aren't really smart when it comes to passwords or security. People give out their passwords to just about anyone.