imageInjecting Malware into iOS Devices via Malicious Chargers

Have you ever been out, and your phone is low on power, so you ask someone if you can borrow their charger? I bet you have! I have all the time and I never gave it a second thought – until now.

It is possible for a hackers to build a charger that cracks your phone when you plug it in to recharge. Wow – it seems so obvious now! I would never have thought about it if I hadn’t read about the Security researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

They built a malicious USB charger that can inject malware onto an iPhone, iPad, or other current-gen iOS device. This USB charger, called Mactans, takes less than a minute to compromise a device once it has been plugged in. A lot less time than it takes to charge your phone.

This current exploit attacks Apple iOS devices but that is not why I am writing about it. I am sure that every smartphone on the market today is vulnerable to a similar attack.

So, next time your going to borrow some juice for your phone – make sure you trust the source or your phone may get rooted.

event-logo-us13For more information on this specific hack:

Description of presentation at the Black Hat conference
http://www.blackhat.com/us-13/briefings.html#Lau

Fake iPhone charger can hack iOS in under 60 seconds
http://www.welivesecurity.com/2013/06/03/fake-iphone-charger-can-hack-ios-in-under-60-seconds/

Black Hat hackers break into any iPhone in under a minute, using a malicious charger
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/157207-black-hat-hackers-break-into-any-iphone-in-under-a-minute-using-a-malicious-charger?print

Black Hat hackers break into any iPhone in under a minute, using a malicious charger
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/157207-black-hat-hackers-break-into-any-iphone-in-under-a-minute-using-a-malicious-charger