Malicious chargers can exploit mobile devices

The Australian government’s Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Technology has reported in their email newsletter Stay Smart Online that some modified chargers for Apple products can exploit the mobile devices.

A vulnerability has been discovered in Apple iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads, allowing a modified USB charger to compromise the device.

Researchers have demonstrated how connecting an iPhone or iPad to a specially built USB charger has allowed malware or unwanted apps to be installed on the device.

Once connected to the charger, the phone’s software essentially recognised the device as belonging to the attacker, enabling access.

A good tip is to always use official Apple chargers to avoid unwanted issues.