I was a bit shocked to read the headline at CNN.Money…..”More than 225,000 Apple iPhone accounts hacked”. Shocked because while mobile devices not using the Apple platform are commonly hacked…we all know what platform we are speaking of…the iPhone has resisted attack. But…there it was in a article by David Goldman – “Security company Palo Alto Networks is calling the attack “the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware.” Palo Alto Networks (PANW) discovered the hack along with Chinese tech group WeipTech.”
Read a bit further into the news stories and Apple iPhone users can generally breathe a sigh of relief as only ‘jailbroken’ iPhones were hacked by bad actors. In another article Alex Heath writes that “More than 250,000 “jailbroken” iPhones — phones that people have modified to install apps not available in the App Store — in at least 18 different countries have had their Apple account logins hacked, Palo Alto Networks reports. Some have even had their iPhones remotely locked and held for ransom”.
Those particular ‘broken’ devices have been apparently infected with a piece of malware called ‘KeyRaider’. Once infected by this malware, those ‘broken’ devices allow hackers to access the owner’s iTunes App Store data, including usernames, and passwords. This malicious piece of malware also gives access regarding the phone owner’s purchases plus it prevents the owner from rescuing their jailbroken iPhones once they’ve been attacked. It becomes a costly pocket weight.
So, while jailbreaking your IPhone can allow you to do things that Apple doesn’t allow…beware of the consequences!
Goldman, D. (2015). More than 225,000 Apple iPhone accounts hacked. retrieved from the Internet at http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/01/technology/apple-iphone-account-hack/index.html
Heath, A. (2105). A massive hack has compromised thousands of jailbroken iPhones. Retrieved from the Internet at http://www.techinsider.io/thousands-of-jailbroken-iphones-hacked-2015-8