Whoop, there it is! As in, there’s the major hack that wireless experts have been predicting for some time now. Apple phones have been hacked and the results aren’t pretty, that’s for sure.
This may or may not affect the phones that are in your company, but this is certainly something that you should know in case any of your employees use Apple products!
It was revealed by Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech that a malware theft occurred in more than 225,000 valid Apple accounts. The cause of this theft is attributed to people using “jailbroken” cell phones. Jailbroken cell phones are appealing to users because once jailbroken, they are then usable on any wireless network and they also allow the user to customize their phones, install third-party applications, and customize their ringtones.
The malware, appropriately named “KeyRaider,” taps into a jailbroken iPhone’s system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals “Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device.” What’s even more alarming about this malware is that it can prevent users from accessing their devices once they’ve been hijacked.
The malware has impacted iOS users in 18 countries, and more users are affected each day. So what can we learn from this attack? DON’T jailbreak your phone! As tempting as it may be to “beat the system” it’s not worth compromising your personal data and financial information! Especially if it is a company phone that is connected to a company card — this can be especially harmful to an expense account.
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