Recently A Dutch hacker, managed to break into jailbroken iPhone & tried to extort € 5 from the victim. Later it was discovered hacker attacked a number of vulnerable phones on T-mobile Netherlands and tried to extort €5 from them. Here is the original Dutch Forum from where all the incidences comes in to light. Arstechnia added “ It appears one enterprising Dutch hacker used port scanning to identify jailbroken iPhones on T-mobile Netherlands with SSH running. Enabling SSH is a common procedure for jailbroken iPhones, allowing a user to log in via Terminal and run standard UNIX commands. Unfortunately, iPhones all have a default root password that many forget to change after jailbreaking”
In this instance, the hacker changed the wallpaper (see above) on compromised iPhones so they displayed the following message:
Your iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and dsecure your iPhone right now!
Right now, I can access all your files.. This message won’t disappear until your iPhone’s secure
And when he visited the mentioned site another threatening message.
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.
How to Secure your iPhone from these kind of threats
Change the Root Password of iPhone : it’s the most easiest way all you need is to install Mobile Terminal if you haven’t installed and then change the root password. Note that the text between >> << aren’t commands that text is for your reference only.
- su root >> login root with all access <<
- alpine >> it’s your default password <<
- passwd root >> To change your default password <<
Turn of SSH when not required : Install SBSettings from Cydia so you can turn it off or on when you really required this.
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