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Fast Company Magazine Posts Video on Hacking the iPhone

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Just how vulnerable is the "iPhone" to an unscrupulous hacker? Could it really be turned into a tool of espionage?

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Just how vulnerable is the "iPhone" to an unscrupulous hacker? Could it really be turned into a tool of espionage?

To find out, Fast Company magazine purchased an iPhone for Rik Farrow, a UNIX specialist and consultant from Sedona, Arizona, and commissioned him to crack through its defenses, which he did using H D Moore's Metasploit, a popular platform for testing security systems. The result is this video http://www.fastcompany.com/multimedia/2007/11/hacking-the-iphone.html, in which Farrow was able to take complete control of an iPhone and demonstrated the ability to eavesdrop on conversations, intercept voice mail and email, and upload nefarious software programs. "Physical access to an iPhone," Farrow points out, "is not required."

In the video posted on www.FastCompany.com, Farrow shows what is possible for an iPhone or any other smart phone. Most, including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson run on the Symbian operating system, which has been targeted by dozens, if not hundreds of viruses (it's hard to know just how many). Windows Mobile and Linux, which have scant mobile market share, are also vulnerable to digital influenza.

Additional information on how Farrow transformed the iPhone into a piece of spyware can be found online at www.FastCompany.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Duffney, 212.389.5485 / cduffney@mbpub.com

SOURCE Fast Company

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