Dutch Hacker Held Jailbroken iPhones Hostage Via Security Vulnerability
We've warned you previously about some of the security vulnerabilities that come with jailbreaking your iPhone. Turns out a Dutch hacker has gone and made a point to a countless number of jailbroken devices by using a port scanning technique along with some networking smarts. Then after he gained access to the jailbroken iPhones the rest was easy. All of the devices that were hacked had unchanged root passwords along with SSH enabled. You'd know if you were hacked if the following message popped up on your screen:
blockquote>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.
Like promised, no harm was done or will be done. It turns out the hacker just wanted to teach people a simple lesson - change your root passwords and disable SSH. He's even been nice enough to post directions on how to make sure your jailbroken iPhone is not at risk.