The talk will be similar to one Shields gave at the ShmooCon conference in February. Another talk at that gathering focused on the variety of ways attackers could exploit the iPhone.
In that presentation, Trevor Hawthorn, founder and managing principal at Stratum Security, discussed security holes (since fixed) found in AT&T's network, which Apple's iPhone uses, and how an epidemic of "jailbreaking" is disabling critical security controls on the device.
Jailbreaking is a process iPhone and iPod Touch users can exploit to run whatever code they want on the device, whether it's authorized by Apple or not. Jailbreaking the phone allows you to download a variety of apps you couldn't get in the Apple App Store.
For those who hate Apple's heavy hand and welcome any method to thumb a nose at the company's decrees, jailbreaking is very attractive. But there's a problem, Hawthorn said. A big one.
"Jailbreaking wipes away 80 percent of the iPhone's security controls," he said at the time. "Since nearly 7 percent of all iPhones are jailbroken," the bad guys have plenty of targets to choose from.
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