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Hacker Releases 'Unpatchable' Jailbreak For All iOS Devices, iPhone 4s to iPhone X

Hacker Releases 'Unpatchable' Jailbreak For All iOS Devices, iPhone 4s to iPhone X
September 27, 2019Mohit Kumar
An iOS hacker and cybersecurity researcher today publicly released what he claimed to be a "permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit," in other words, an epic jailbreak that works on all iOS devices ranging from iPhone 4s (A5 chip) to iPhone 8 and iPhone X (A11 chip). Dubbed Checkm8, the exploit leverages unpatchable security weaknesses in Apple's Bootrom (SecureROM), the first significant code that runs on an iPhone while booting, which, if exploited, provides greater system-level access. "EPIC JAILBREAK: Introducing checkm8 (read "checkmate"), a permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit for hundreds of millions of iOS devices," said axi0mX while announcing the publicly release of the exploit on Twitter. The new exploit came exactly a month after Apple released an emergency patch for another critical jailbreak vulnerability that works on Apple devices including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR and the 2019 iPad Mini and iPad Air, running iOS 12.4 and i

Google Uncovers How Just Visiting Some Sites Were Secretly Hacking iPhones For Years

Google Uncovers How Just Visiting Some Sites Were Secretly Hacking iPhones For Years
August 30, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Beware Apple users! Your iPhone can be hacked just by visiting an innocent-looking website, confirms a terrifying report Google researchers released earlier today. The story goes back to a widespread iPhone hacking campaign that cybersecurity researchers from Google's Project Zero discovered earlier this year in the wild, involving at least five unique iPhone exploit chains capable of remotely jailbreaking an iPhone and implanting spyware on it. Those iOS exploit chains were found exploiting a total of 14 separate vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS mobile operating system—of which 7 flaws resided in Safari web browser, 5 in the iOS kernel and 2 separate sandbox escape issues—targeting devices with almost every version in that time-frame from iOS 10 through to the latest version of iOS 12. According to a deep-dive blog post published by Project Zero researcher Ian Beer, only two of the 14 security vulnerabilities were zero-days, CVE-2019-7287 and CVE-2019-7286, and unpat

Apple Releases iOS 12.4.1 Emergency Update to Patch 'Jailbreak' Flaw

Apple Releases iOS 12.4.1 Emergency Update to Patch 'Jailbreak' Flaw
August 26, 2019Mohit Kumar
Apple just patched an unpatched flaw that it patched previously but accidentally unpatched recently — did I confuse you? Let's try it again... Apple today finally released iOS 12.4.1 to fix a critical jailbreak vulnerability , like it or not, that was initially patched by the company in iOS 12.3 but was then accidentally got reintroduced in the previous iOS 12.4 update. For those unaware, roughly a week ago, an anonymous researcher who goes by the online alias "Pwn20wnd" released a free jailbreak for iOS 12.4 on GitHub that exploited a kernel vulnerability (CVE-2019-8605) that Apple patched in iOS 12.3 in May this year. However, the vulnerability accidentally got reintroduced in iOS 12.4 in July, making it easier for hackers to jailbreak updated Apple devices, including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR or the 2019 iPad Mini and iPad Air, running iOS 12.4 and iOS 12.2 or earlier. Now, Apple has released iOS 12.4.1 to re-patch the security issue that not only allow

Pangu Hackers have Jailbroken iOS 12 on Apple's New iPhone XS

Pangu Hackers have Jailbroken iOS 12 on Apple's New iPhone XS
September 27, 2018Mohit Kumar
Bad news for Apple. The Chinese hacking team Pangu is back and has once again surprised everyone with a jailbreak for iOS 12 running on the brand-new iPhone XS. Well, that was really fast. Pangu jailbreak team has been quiet for a while, since it last released the untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 9 back in October 2015. Jailbreaking is a process of removing limitations on Apple's iOS devices so users can install third-party software not certified by Apple. Today, Android and iOS security researcher Min(Spark) Zheng shared a Tweet with two screenshots showing a working jailbreak on Apple's newly released iPhone XS with A12 Bionic chip achieved by one of the Pangu researchers. The Tweet also revealed that the iOS 12 jailbreak works by bypassing a functional PAC (Pointer authentication codes) mitigation implemented in the new Apple's A12 Bionic chip. Moreover, since the hardware of iPhone XS is very much identical to iPhone XS Max, the new iOS 12 jailbreak expl

Hilarious! Paid Jailbreak for Nintendo Switches Includes Anti-Piracy Code

Hilarious! Paid Jailbreak for Nintendo Switches Includes Anti-Piracy Code
June 28, 2018Swati Khandelwal
It's hilarious that pirates are using anti-piracy measures to protect its own paid software that helps others to run pirated games on Nintendo Switches. Hacking group Team Xecuter —the developers of Nintendo Switch jailbreaking software SX OS that helps gamers play homebrewed and pirated games on the console—has itself been caught using anti-piracy measures in its own code that can brick your Switch, if it detects you are trying to crack it for unauthorized distribution. If you own a Nintendo Switch, you must be aware that to fight piracy on the console, the company has an anti-piracy measure in place that uses encrypted certificates to verify a game's legitimacy. If it detects any pirated game or modified console, the Switch immediately gets banned from the company's online servers. To bypass these restrictions, developers' groups like Team Xecuter (TX) offer jailbreaking software that enables gamers to play pirated games on the gaming console. Earlier this mont

Kernel Exploit for Sony PS4 Firmware 4.05 Released, Jailbreak Coming Soon

Kernel Exploit for Sony PS4 Firmware 4.05 Released, Jailbreak Coming Soon
December 27, 2017Mohit Kumar
Wishing you all a very 'belated' Merry Christmas. This holiday season Santa has a very special gift for all PlayStation gamers. Developer SpecterDev finally released a fully-functional much-awaited kernel exploit for PlayStation 4 (firmware 4.05) today—almost two months after Team Fail0verflow revealed the technical details of it. Now available on Github , dubbed "namedobj," the kernel exploit for the PlayStation 4 on 4.05FW allows users to run arbitrary code on the gaming console, enabling jailbreaking and kernel-level modifications to the system. Although PS4 kernel exploit does not include Jailbreak code, others can develop a full jailbreak exploit using it. Jailbreaking allows users to run custom code on the console and install mods, cheats, third-party applications, and games that are typically not possible because of the anti-piracy mechanisms implicated on the Sony PlayStation. "This release, however, does not contain any code related to def

Hackers WIN $1 Million Bounty for Remotely Hacking latest iOS 9 iPhone

Hackers WIN $1 Million Bounty for Remotely Hacking latest iOS 9 iPhone
November 02, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Well, here's some terrible news for all Apple iOS users… Someone just found an iOS zero-day vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely hack your iPhone running the latest version of iOS, i.e. iOS 9. Yes, an unknown group of hackers has sold a zero-day vulnerability to Zerodium , a startup by French-based company Vupen that Buys and Sells zero-day exploits. And Guess what, in How much? $1,000,000. Yes, $1 Million. Last month, a Bug bounty challenge was announced by Zerodium for finding a hack that must allow an attacker to remotely compromise a non-jailbroken Apple device through: A web page on Safari or Chrome browser, In-app browsing action, or Text message or MMS. Zerodium's Founder Chaouki Bekrar confirmed on Twitter that an unnamed group of hackers has won this $1 Million Bounty for sufficiently submitting a remote browser-based iOS 9.1/9.2b Jailbreak (untethered) Exploit. NO More Fun. It's Serious Threat to iOS Use

It's Now Legal to Jailbreak Smart TV, Smartphone Or Tablet

It's Now Legal to Jailbreak Smart TV, Smartphone Or Tablet
October 28, 2015Khyati Jain
In our previous article, The Hacker News reported that the EFF had won its battle over the limits that were put on a car's copyrighted software, allowing car owners to fiddle with their car's software. EFF has participated in the rulemaking procedure held by the United States copyright office (DMCA) earlier also, and this time they have got a bag full of success. As… ...Library of Congress has not only allowed the consumers to repair and modify their Car's Software, but also exempted restrictions from: Device unlocking Jailbreaking Ripping videos for remix This simply means that now anybody can: Ripe off video from DVDs or BluRay disks, as well as online streaming services, for remixes. Jailbreak their phones, tablets, and smartwatches and run operating systems and applications from a third party source. Reconfigure video games that are no longer supported by their publisher. "We are pleased that the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright O

YiSpecter — First iOS Malware that Attacks both: Non-jailbroken and Jailbroken Devices

YiSpecter — First iOS Malware that Attacks both: Non-jailbroken and Jailbroken Devices
October 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Less than a month after Apple suffered one of its biggest malware attacks ever, security researchers have discovered another strain of malware that they claim targets both jailbroken as well as non-jailbroken iOS devices . Last month, researchers identified more than 4,000 infected apps in Apple's official App Store, which was targeted by a malware attack in which some versions of software used by developers to build apps for iOS and OS X were infected with malware, named XcodeGhost . And Now: Researchers from a California-based network security firm Palo Alto Networks have discovered new malware that targets Apple's iOS users in China and Taiwan. Capabilities of YiSpecter Malware Dubbed YiSpecter , the malware infects iOS devices and once infected, YiSpecter can: Install unwanted apps Replace legitimate apps with ones it has downloaded Force apps to display unwanted, full-screen ads Change bookmarks as well as default search engines in Safari S

This iPhone Malware infecting Jailbroken Devices Stole 225,000 Apple Accounts

This iPhone Malware infecting Jailbroken Devices Stole 225,000 Apple Accounts
August 27, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Jailbreakers Beware! Some shady tweaks that you installed on their jailbroken devices are looking to steal your iCloud login credentials, a report said. The iCloud account details, including email addresses and passwords, of nearly 220,000 jailbreak users have been breached , an online Chinese vulnerability-reporting platform WooYun reported . WooYun is an information security platform where researchers report vulnerabilities and vendors give their feedbacks. Backdoor Privacy Attack The security breach, according to the website, was a result of ' backdoor privacy attack ' caused by the installation of a malicious jailbreak tweak. It appears that Hackers are using a variety of " built-in backdoors " that could be numerous of malicious jailbreak tweaks in an effort to acquire victim's iCloud account information. Once installed, these malicious tweaks transferred the iCloud login details of the jailbreak users to an unknown remote se

'AdThief' Chinese Malware Infects Over 75,000 Jailbroken iOS devices

'AdThief' Chinese Malware Infects Over 75,000 Jailbroken iOS devices
August 20, 2014Mohit Kumar
If you have jailbroken your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and have downloaded pirated tweaks from pirated repositories, then you may be infected by "AdThief" malware, a Chinese malware that is now installed on more than 75,000 iPhone devices. According to a recent research paper published on Virus Bulletin by the Security Researcher Axelle Apvrille , the malware, also known as " spad ," was first discovered by security researcher Claud Xiao in March this year. Till now, AdThief aka Spad malware has hijacked an estimated 22 million advertisements and stealing revenue from developers on the iOS jailbreak community, Axelle Apvrille says. The malware allegedly infects iOS jailbroken devices by disguising itself as Cydia Substrate extension, presents only on jailbroken Apple devices, when a malware infected Cydia package is downloaded and installed by the unsuspecting user. Once installed, the malware modifies certain advertisements displayed on your iOS devi

Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again

Hurray! Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Officially Legal Again
August 02, 2014Swati Khandelwal
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Friday that aims to make it legal for consumers to "unlock" their cell phones in order to change their cell phone service providers without paying for a new phone. The bill is known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act , which orders the U.S. Library of Congress (LoC) to allow cell phone owners to " unlock " their devices – typically " locked ," to a specific service provider like AT&T or Verizon – for its use on other networks without the permission of their service provider. " As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service - and a phone they already own - to the carrier that best fits their needs, " the White House said in a statement . UNLOCKING Vs. JAILBREAKING Unlocking means the device can only access the network of a particular telecomm, like AT&T or Veriz

Cydia Repository by BigBoss Hacked, All Paid and Free Tweaks Stolen

Cydia Repository by BigBoss Hacked, All Paid and Free Tweaks Stolen
July 21, 2014Swati Khandelwal
BigBoss repository, one of the biggest and most popular repositories for jailbreak tweaks in Cydia , has reportedly been hacked by either an individual or a group of hackers. Cydia is a software application for iOS that enables a user to find and install software packages on jailbroken iOS Apple devices such as the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. Most of the software packages available through Cydia are free, but some require purchasing. The BigBoss repository is default repository in jailbroken iOS devices and has long been one of Cydia's biggest and best, but it may have just been targeted by cybercriminals. The hackers, who go by the name "Kim Jong-Cracks", managed to gain access to all packages , including all paid as well as free, and made their own repository available with all BigBoss repository applications for free. " The other post more than likely broke rule 1 because it linked the site directly. To anyone that didn't see the post the BigBoss rep

Warning: Malware Campaign targeting Jailbroken Apple iOS Devices

Warning: Malware Campaign targeting Jailbroken Apple iOS Devices
April 19, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A new piece of malicious malware infection targeting jailbroken Apple iOS devices in an attempt to steal users' credentials, has been discovered by Reddit users. The Reddit Jailbreak community discovered the malicious infection dubbed as ' Unflod Baby Panda ', on some jailbroken Apple iOS devices on Thursday while a user noticed an unusual activity that the file was causing apps such as Snapchat and Google Hangouts to crash constantly on his jailbroken iPhone. CHINA WANTS YOUR APPLE ID & PASSWORDS Soon after the jailbroken developer uncovered the mysteries ' Unfold.dylib ' file and found that the infection targets jailbroken iOS handsets to captures Apple IDs and passwords from Internet sessions that use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt communications and is believed to be spreading through the Chinese iOS software sites, according to the researchers at German security firm SektionEins . The researchers found that the captured login information is been sent

iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices

iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices
December 22, 2013Wang Wei
If you love iPhone you are surely going to love this news. iOS 7 was released in 3 months before and today finally the  evad3rs team has released   an untethered jailbreak  for iPhone , iPad, and iPod devices running  iOS 7.0 through iOS 7.0.4. The evasi0n installer is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux so no matter what operating system you're on, you should be able to jailbreak your device. Jailbreaking is the procedure of modifying the iOS of your iPhone to remove the limitations imposed by Apple. This allows a user to access and install a lot of new applications, software and other similar content which otherwise are not made available to iPhone users through the Apple Store. The process is very simple, and within five minutes you can jailbreak your device. According to the instructions, iTunes must be installed if you're running Windows and the only prerequisite is that the device should be running iOS 7.0.4. Team advice user to backup device data before using evas

Unbreakable Apple's iMessage encryption is vulnerable to eavesdropping attack

Unbreakable Apple's iMessage encryption is vulnerable to eavesdropping attack
October 18, 2013Mohit Kumar
Though Apple claims iMessage has end-to-end encryption, But researchers claimed at a security conference that Apple's iMessage system is not protected and the company can easily access it. Cyril Cattiaux - better known as pod2g, who has developed iOS jailbreak software, said that the company's claim about iMessage protection by unbreakable encryption is just a lie, because the weakness is in the key infrastructure as it is controlled by Apple: they can change a key anytime they want, thus read the content of our iMessages . Basically, when you send  an   iMessage to someone, you grab their public key from Apple, and encrypt your message using that public key. On the other end, recipients have their own private key that they use to decrypt this message. A third-party won't be able to see the actual message unless they have access to the private key. Trust and public keys always have a problem, but the  researchers noted that there's no evidence that Apple or

Hacker jailbreak Google Glass to gain root access

Hacker jailbreak Google Glass to gain root access
April 28, 2013Mohit Kumar
After only a few days since the developer edition of Google Glass landed, Jay Freeman aka " Saurik " has jailbroken it. Though Google Glass run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, he get root access using an exploit first discovered by another hacker named B1nary .  Freeman, who obtained the device by pre-ordering it at Google I/O last year, announced his success on Friday via Twitter. Such tactics give the user full command of the operating system without restriction. Freeman is not the first to crack Glass, though: just yesterday, another developer, Liam McLoughlin, also got root on his device. Although both jailbreaks were successful on the current Explorer Edition of Glass, it's not clear whether those holes will still be available in the consumer edition. Freeman says that Glass could be made to store data on the device itself or on a nearby phone connected by Bluetooth, instead of sending data to Google servers. McLoughlin says that Google Gla
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