Under the coronavirus lock, professional hacker Ian Beer, a member of Google’s hacking team Project Zero, developed a way to hijack iPhones remotely – just by pointing a home-made antenna at them.
Beer technique requires only around $ 100 for equipment, Motherboard reports, giving him total control over which phones he targeted. This is Beer’s specialty, but the fact is that his relatively simple hack made the iPhone’s security measures seem disturbingly trivial.
In a gruesome video, Beer hijacks 26 iPhones at once with a single transmission. The hack sends out a WiFi signal that will work even if the target phones are not connected to the internet, according to Motherboard.
In a longer and more technically dense video, Beer explains how the broadcast works, and how it can be spread among iPhones, even beyond those that were originally targeted.
“It’s something hauntingly beautiful to see all these iPhones die at slightly different times, as they get a WiFi broadcast package with death,” tweeted Chris Evans, the original head of Project Zero.
Fortunately, Apple fixed the bugs that Beer-hack targeted in the May release of iOS 13.5, according to Motherboard, which was released earlier this year. But the hack still poses a security threat, apart from the broader implications of how easily Beer managed to develop it.
Not all iPhones have been updated, and cybersecurity expert “Ray Redacted” warns that iPhones in police custody, which were previously unavailable, could be smashed with an exploit like Beer.
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