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FBI hack would pose 'medium' risk to iPhone users

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 6, 2012
Agency denies theft of laptop with Apple unique device IDs, but one expert believes says, 'It would be hard to fake such data'

Another possible scenario would be to push a malicious application onto the phone using the same tools developers use to test apps on iPhones, said Lee Cocking, vice president of corporate strategy for Fixmo. If a person clicked on the app's icon, then the smartphone could become infected with data-stealing malware. The risk of such an infection would be greatest for jail broken iPhones.

While possible, neither scenario was likely. "I would be putting this in the medium [category,]" Ford said, basing his assessment on the vulnerability rankings set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "There is certainly something there. There is certainly something that's exploitable. But how damaging it could be is unknown."



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