iOS may be susceptible to hacking via a malicious charger says a Black Hat briefing by Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song. This approach uses a charger that looks like a standard charger, but has malicious software on it. When an iOS device is plugged into the charger, an attacker can bypass iOS defense mechanisms and compromise a device within one minute of it being plugged in. The team built a prototype charger using a BeagleBoard and was able to demonstrate how easy it is to build a malicious charger, even on a limited budget. This attack affected any current-generation Apple device running the latest version of iOS and did not require the targeted device to be jailbroken.
Apple has revamped its AppleCare technician certification program. Officially called the Service Training and Certification program, it exists to train technicians in diagnosis and repair of Apple products. Until now technicians needed to renew their certification each year and take their exams at a certified examination center.
As of June 23 however, technicians will no longer need to be recertified each year and all exams will be done online. The changes come as a result of feedback from technicians.
According to an article in yesterday’s New York Times, Apple is trying hard to ink licensing deals with music companies so it can introduce a streaming internet radio service as soon as next Monday — the day of the WWDC 2013 keynote.
Apparently Apple hasn’t made much progress since rumors about the service first surfaced last summer, as record labels and music publishers aren’t happy with the deals they currently have with Pandora and want higher royalty rates and guaranteed minimum payments as well.
In late April, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as part of the school’s “Real Conversations with Real Leaders” symposium. Cook, as you may know, earned an MBA from Duke in 1988.
A few days ago, Duke posted video vignettes of Cook discussing a number of topics ranging from ethical leadership to the Apple CEO’s take on career planning.
Going to WWDC next week? Then be sure to grab the official WWDC app that Apple just released. Here’s how Apple describes the app: