By Jim Dalrymple
December 11, 2007
The iPhone has been the target of many users who wanted to customize the
way it looks and hackers who wanted to use the device on other wireless
networks since it was released in June. However, Arbor Networks predicts
the seriousness of attacks on the iPhone will increase in 2008.
According to Arbors Security and Engineering Response Team (ASERT) the
attacks will likely to be in the form of drive by attacks malware
embedded into seemingly harmless information, images or other media that
actually perform dangerous actions when rendered on the iPhones Web
With the scrutiny the iPhone has received since its launch earlier this
year over network lock-in, ASERT believes that hackers will be enticed
by the possibility of attacking Apple users and the opportunity to be
the first to hack a new platform, the report said.
Apple has been involved in an ongoing battle with hackers for months.
While the hacks have not been malicious, the process of unlocking the
phone and allowing it to work with networks other than AT&T has caused
Apple to react.
After hackers successfully unlocked the iPhone, Apple warned users that
future updates might render those devices inoperable. Later that same
week, Apple released an update that did, in fact, disable unlocked
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