Our phones are our lives in our palms, but what if hackers also have access to them? Recently, Apple released a security patch for an advanced exploit chain-type malware. The malware, referred to as Trident, used multiple zero-day exploits to jailbreak an iOS9 device. Once jailbroken, the attacker had access to the victim’s emails, texts, the phone’s camera and microphone, and location. Sadly, this malware was discovered only after malicious links leading to the exploit were sent to a human rights defender in the UAE.
As consumers rely so heavily on mobile devices to conduct their daily lives, Black Hats will increasingly find ways to exploit such devices. Unfortunately, there are entire websites full of rogue apps. Users must also be aware of malicious apps designed around SMS fraud. Such apps send text messages from a victim’s mobile device to numbers that are charged a premium.