Updated: Newly Discovered Hacks Allow for Third Party Control of iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 14:01
Category: iPhone

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A group of researchers working for Independent Security Evaluators have stated they’ve discovered a way to take control of Apple’s newly-released iPhone by way of a WiFi connection or tricking users into visiting a web site containing malicious code.
The hack also purportedly allows access to the personal information stored on the handset.
“Once you did manage to find a hole, you were in complete control,” said Charles A. Miller, principal security analyst for the Baltimore-based firm.
According to The New York Times, the company has alerted Apple to the vulnerability.
Miller demonstrated the hack by pointing his iPhone’s web browser to a specific web site. Once the site had loaded, the iPhone followed a set of instructions that transmitted a set of files over the web site. These files included recent text messages as well as contact information stored within the iPhone.
“We can get any file we want,” said Miller.
Miller also commented that this was representative of cell phones, which are now essentially full-grade computers, having computer-level problems. Though not the end of the world, users should be careful about accessing random public WiFi networks and which web sites they visit.
Per CNET’s Crave blog, a second exploit has also been found via this method:
“A second exploit developed by the researchers caused the iPhone to make a system sound and vibrate for a second after visiting a maliciously coded Web site. The same exploit could also dial a phone number, send a text message, or turn on the microphone to eavesdrop remotely on conversations within the room.”
Apple has yet to respond as to when a software patch or upgrade will be released to resolve the issue.

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SoonR Announces Remote File Access, Skype for iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 11:59
Category: iPhone

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On Monday, SoonR announcd that its remote file service was now functional with Apple’s iPhone.
SoonR’s software connects mobile phones with data stored on both Macs and PCs. According to Macworld News, users can share more than 40 document types via a slideshow-style interface. The service also integrates with Outlook e-mail, shared calendars and contact information.
For users looking to make Skype-based calls from their iPhone, SoonR can use a Mac or PC to bridge the call and enable this feature via the SoonR Talk program.
SoonR, like the iPhone, currently uses AJAX, which allows the software to scale fonts and pictures as needed. This comes in handy when rotating the iPhone from vertical to landscape mode as well as panning out and zooming in on an image through the iPhone’s pinch action.
SoonR currently offers basic accounts for free and plans to offer premium services in the future. The company’s software is currently still in the beta testing stage and can be downloaded from here.
If you’ve tried SoonR or have ideas or feedback, feel free to throw in your two cents in the forums.

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Cisco Bug Found in Flooded WLAN

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 07:29
Category: iPhone

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Following up on last week’s report that several of Apple’s recently-released iPhone handsets may have caused Duke University‘s wireless network to be overloaded with batches of wireless base stations becoming inaccessible. Network provider Cisco, which provides most of the university’s infrastructure, seems to be the culprit.
According to Macworld UK, Tracy Futhey, chief information officer for Duke University, stated that ‚ÄúEarlier reports that this was a problem with the iPhone in particular have proved to be inaccurate.‚Äù The statement illustrated that the iPhone is fully operable on the university’s wireless network and that Apple, Cisco and Duke were able to work together to identify the source of the problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue.
In a statement released to Macworld, the network provider cited that “Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke’s network and the problem has not occurred since.”
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know over in the forums.

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iPhone Sand Sculpture

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 22:53
Category: iPhone

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Pogue on AT&T’s iPhone Bill: Hateful and Pythoneseque

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Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 22:47
Category: iPhone

Classic Pogue and absolutely true. I was waiting for someone else to figure out AT&Ts hateful and Pythoneseque bill (couldn’t have said it better myself, David). David does just that, right after the jump…

I just got my first AT&T bill for my iPhone…
It’s a staggeringly, hatefully complex document, designed by some Monty Pythoneseque committee in charge of consumer confusion.
For starters, although I signed up for what iTunes told me was a $60 plan (450 minutes, unlimited Internet), the bill says I have a $40 voice plan and a $20 Internet plan, and lists them on separate pages.
The first bill, believe it or not, comes to $150. It’s filled with unexplained services and features that were never mentioned during the signup process, like MEDIA MAX, EXPD M2M, VOICE PRIVACY, and AT&T DIRECT BILL.

iPhone+AT&T Bill=Uh-Oh РPogue’s Posts РTechnology РNew York Times Blog

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Cortado Offers Free Mobile E-Mail Service for iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 12:17
Category: iPhone

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On Friday, Cortado announced that the company has introduced its free mobile e-mail service to the iPhone.
According to MacNN, the package includes a personal e-mail address, professional spam filter, virus protection and 20 megabytes of storage space.
The program can be used in conjunction with and synchronize with iCal and Mac OS X’s Address Book program. Cortado’s service uses Microsoft Outlook Web Access and the company has spublished setup instructions to get the phone up and running through iTunes here.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.

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The laser etched iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 11:03
Category: iPhone


With a 35W Epilog laser 40% power, 100% speed with a 600dpi vector art image (AI) works great for laser etching an iPhone. The material on the back is a nice plastic that etched white-ish.

A video of the relatively short etching process is available on their site.

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Certain iPhone Cameras Producing Greenish Tint in Photos

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Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2007, 07:40
Category: iPhone

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Getting back to the iPhone, a number of users have reported that the built-in cameras are producing a greenish tint on certain captured photos.
According to the guys at iPhone Atlas, the problem seems intermittent and could possibly indicate that different component manufacturers were used, resulting in different qualities on the shipping product.
Various readers have pointed out that the greenish tint can be resolved through Photoshop’s white balance tool as well as iPhoto’s enhance tool.
If you’ve seen this on your end or have another solution or workaround, let us know in the forums.

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Second Gen iPhone in September?

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 15:55
Category: iPhone

Remember all those version 2 iPhone rumors rumbling about back in May. Well, they’re back and running amuck in Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, Taiwan’s Chinese-language Commercial Times says that Taiwan’s Wintek has gained the touch-screen panel orders for the second-gen iPhone. The report claims that Wintek has already begun test production in small volumes with Apple intent on selling their newest model of the iPhone in September for somewhere between $249 and $299. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t state where this flavor of the iPhone will be sold.

Second generation iPhone for $249 in September? – Engadget

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iPhone Unlocking Team Reaches SIM Card Milestone

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 13:37
Category: iPhone

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The guys over at the iPhone unlocking project (available with a simple Google search) took on a sizable task when the handset was first released.
Despite having yet to completely unlock the handset, the team has reached a significant milestone in releasing iASign, a piece of software that purportedly allows users to work with prepaid Cingular, AT&T and AT&T MVNO SIM cards. According to Engadget, the program will allow users to pick up an iPhone without a contract, install their current SIM and be able to use the phone via a current contract without signing up for a new one.
For the brave of heart, the iASign download link can be found here.
If you’ve tried the program or have your two cents to chip in about unlocking the iPhone, let us know over in the forums.

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