- Bug Bounty Hunter Launches Accidental DDoS Attack on 911 Systems via iOS Bug. From Softpedia.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai, an 18-year-old teenager from the Phoenix area, for flooding the 911 emergency system with hang-up calls.
People accessing Desai’s link from their iPhones saw their phone automatically dial and redial 911.
- The man who cracked the first iPhone reveals how hackers really operate. From Tech Insider. The man who cracked Apple’s security protocols and unlocked the first iPhone gave us all a five-minute hacking lesson, courtesy of Viceland’s Cyberwar series. In a clip that didn’t make it on television, George Hotz (aka “geohot”) takes host Ben Makuch through the steps necessary for him to gain access to a laptop connected to WiFi. For the purposes of the demo, Hotz placed a laptop in his office, which is connected to his WiFi network. But, he explains, it just as well could be connected to the Internet.
- Cracking Android Full Disk Encryption. From Hacker News. The heated battle between Apple and the FBI provoked a lot of talk about encryption – the technology that has been used to keep all your bits and bytes as safe as possible.
We can not say a lot about Apple’s users, but Android users are at severe risk when it comes to encryption of their personal and sensitive data. Android’s full-disk encryption can be cracked much more easily than expected with brute force attack and some patience, affecting potentially hundreds of millions of mobile devices.