The newest generation of iPhones is vulnerable to hacker attacks out-of-the-box, according to the hackers who won $30,000 by compromising an iPhone 4S running iOS 6 at the Pwn2Own hacking competition last week.
iPhone 5 is susceptible to the same attack
that allowed Joost Pol and Daan Keuper to steal contacts, browsing history, photos and videos from an iPhone 4S at the mobile Pwn2Own hacking competition in Amsterdam, according to the hacking duo.
The team of two created an exploit for a vulnerability in WebKit that allowed them to bypass Apple's code-signing features and the MobileSafari sandbox. The bug is present in iOS 6, and therefore can be used to hijack an iPhone 5.
"We specifically chose this one because it was present in iOS 6 which means the new iPhone coming out will be vulnerable to this attack," Joost Pol, CEO of Certified Secure, told ZDNet's Ryan Naraine.