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While I'm not an iPhone user, and if you haven't already heard, this is must read for those of you who are.

"We knew it would only be a matter of time before someone came up with a virus or trojan or anything hazardous to our iPhones. And now, a major security flaw is leaving our iPhones vulnerable to an SMS texting virus spreading through AT&T users--and it's not AT&T's fault.

What happens is your iPhone will receive a very strange or unusual text message. If you see this message, immediately turn off your iPhone and restart it. Although other mobile smartphones like the Android and HTC have experiences issues with trojans and security flaws, this iPhone virus is by far the worst of them all. This virus is known to kill your iPhone altogether, so it's a major issue that hopefully, Apple will address as soon as possible. As of this writing, there have been no patches released to fix this texting loophole".

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus

Yep, get used to it. As cell phones get faster processors and become more capable mini computers you can excpect to see phone botnets. Microsoft taugght us that the one with the majority market share gets targeted the most. I'm going to start talking people out of buying iPhones.

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus

yeah I agree where the market is will be exploits and all types of nasties. I'm really surprised that the anti-virus companies haven't jumped on the band wagon with a phone version AV. Maybe there is and I just am not aware of it. I'm not in the iphone camp but I do love my blackberry and I'm sure there are some out there for them or will be soon. Sad

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus
Totally agree pizzle.. Thumbs Up

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus

So our of pure curiosity I got to searching and I compiled a list of Mobile Anti-Virus programs: Anti-Virus for Mobile Phones

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus

Updating to 3.0.1 through iTunes patches this security vulnerability. It will also un-jailbreak your iPhone so I am waiting till saurik says the coast is clear. Android has already patched this only WinMo is left out in the rain but no big surprise there.

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Re: iPhones vulnerable for SMS texting virus

Wired just did a story on this with info on a patch......

Apple Patches iPhone SMS Security Hole With Software Update

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner on Thursday revealed a memory corruption bug that could be easily exploited by crashing an iPhone with a series of invisible text messages, which would then enable a hacker to hijack the device. From thereon, a hacker could control all the functions on the iPhone — most alarmingly, he could send more text messages to hijack even more iPhones.

The researchers demonstrated the SMS security hole at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. They also demonstrated the flaw by sending an attack to crash a CNET reporter's iPhone.

On Friday morning, Apple released iPhone OS 3.0.1. Available through iTunes, the update "Fixes SMS vulnerability," according to its description.

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