iPhones Taken Hostage By Dutch Hacker

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A Dutch hacker took a number of unsuspecting iPhones hostage (so to speak) and created some panic in the iPhone universe. Users running jailbroken iPhones on the T-mobile Netherlands were greeted with a SMS alert which spelled out the predicament of their device and also the hacker’s demand! The hacker in question asked for a paltry sum of €5 and in turn promised a fix.

This is what the SMS said:

"You iPhone's been hacked because it's really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your iPhone right now! Right now, I can access all your files. If you don't pay, it's fine by me," but remember, the way I got access to your iPhone can be used by thousands of others—they can send text messages from your number (like I did), use it to call or record your calls, and actually whatever they want, even use it for their hacking activities! I can assure you, I have no intention of harming you or whatever, but some hackers do! It's just my advice to secure your phone."

Those users who hit the panic button, were then instructed to deposit the amount in a Paypal account, after which the hacker promised to email the instructions on how to make the iPhone secure.

So how did the hacker mange to create such drama? All it took was some port scanning technique and running standard UNIX commands. The fact that many iPhones users don‚Äôt bother changing the default root password also makes their devices highly vulnerable! So next time you jailbreak an iPhone,  don‚Äôt forget to change your password.

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