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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 04-Jun-13 16:27:22
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USB charger hack


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Starts off about the iPhone but later suggests any iOS device with USB.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22764815

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Standard User ian_c
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 16:37:15
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Re: USB charger hack


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Ah, I wondered what the Black Hat hit prostitutes would come up with this year.

Think about the amount of self-destructive behaviour needed to be affected by such a threat.

Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 04-Jun-13 16:50:26
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Re: USB charger hack


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There seem to be lots of fancy multi-gadget chargers about though. That's probably why that's the route they chose.

I expect the vulnerability as described applies to conventional apps as well.

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Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:00:06
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Re: USB charger hack


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It's a good piece of social engineering. Cheap USB charger on eBay - bingo.
Standard User ian_c
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:02:48
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As opposed to free USB charger with phone....

Standard User Pipexer
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:19:38
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Apple devices with security issues? Who would have thought eh.

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:42:00
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Shouldn't bad things that get in be called grubs, rather than viruses?

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Standard User ian_c
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:44:37
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In reply to a post by Pipexer:
Apple devices with security issues? Who would have thought eh.
Witless trolling that contributes nothing? Who da....

Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:56:25
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In reply to a post by Pipexer:
Apple devices with security issues? Who would have thought eh.
It's an interesting attack vector that Apple have probably not considered.


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Standard User Pipexer
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 04-Jun-13 17:56:44
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Sounds like you're an apple fanboy. It was not a trolling attempt, but perhaps a sarcastic comment reflecting the worrying trend or attitude going on of "Let's switch to iPads and it will solve all our problems", actually, they don't whatsoever. This simplicity comes at a big price, management is a headache, and the argument for security is not necessarily valid...

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