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Researchers Develop Hack via Malicious Device Charger

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a proof-of-concept charger able to install malware onto an Apple device. The researchers say they used their Mactans malicious charging device to inject arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system. They say their hack could be particularly effective because it requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction. The researchers built their malicious charger using a BeagleBoard, a low-cost single board computer that is too large to fit in conventional power adaptors but could be concealed in a device such as a docking station. “While Mactans was built with [a] limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish,” they noted. Apple has declined to comment on the work, according to Forbes magazine. The researchers will present their findings at the Black Hat USA 2013 security conference in July. (CNET)(Forbes)(Black Hat USA 2013)

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