iPhone: Death by Text

Well, well. It turns out that the iPhone, aka the “Jesus phone,” can be hacked by text message.

At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week, security experts Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner explained that all it takes is a front-loaded malware-licious SMS to block calling, Internet and text functionality.

Not that any hacker has come up with such a ploy … yet. Miller and Mulliner have simply identified the flaw – stemming from an SMS memory corruption bug – and noted that such a hack could be developed. They tested their own version of the hack on four German carrier networks as well as AT&T Inc..

Apple Inc. is expected to issue a patch fixing the problem. Miller and Mulliner said it would take about two weeks for a hacker to develop the death-by-texting bug on their own.

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