Wednesday, April 1, 2009

iPhone Virus via Skype

Just a couple of days after Skype for the iPhone has been launched, it gets back to the spotlight because of a rather nasty aspect: this App is vulnerable to a virus that can erase all your iPhone data.

This security flaw is triggered when you answer a skype call - usually from an unknown caller - sending an audio strean of digitally encoded data; something that sounds like a fax call (or ZX spectrum tapes, if you've been around that long) and takes advantage of the usually inactive analog modem in the iPhone hardware.

In just a few seconds your iPhone will start erasing all its data and revert back to factory mode.

Be afraid, be very afraid!

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