Researchers Discover iPhone Hack via Malicious Charger Exploit
They plan to present their hack at the Black Hat security conference later this summer. In the meantime, they're keeping most of the details to themselves, though they did reveal that it's based on the open-source BeagleBoard by Texas Instruments, a $45 PC similar to the Raspberry Pi.
Researchers used a BeagleBoard to develop a malware-infected iPhone charger.
"This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed," the researchers said.
Here's the rub for such a contraption. The BeagleBoard measures 3.4 inches by 2.1 inches, and building a phone charger around a board that size would seem suspicious at best. However, what if it was part of a docking station or some other third-party device with a built-in battery? Furthermore, if this technology can be downsized, it would make buying third-party chargers on eBay and other outlets risky business.