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Are hackers hiding in your iPhone charger?

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Good-guy hackers have found a new vulnerability in an iPhone charger.

The good news is they're giving their findings to other good guys to resolve the problem.

Our Cyber Expert Theresa Payton answers your questions about the research and the results.  Her thoughts are below:

1.  Who created the hack?

A group of good guy researchers are at it again and this time they are at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In a recent announcement they said they can turn your iPhone charger into a stealth malicious code monster that can hack your phone.  The good guys will talk about how the hack works at a security conference.

2.  How hard was it do?

According to a report on Forbes and Mashable.com, the researchers purposely used inexpensive technology to prove this was not expensive to do.  They estimate that they spent $45 on a product called a BeagleBoard which is a simple type of computer. 

Once you plug your iPhone to the infected plug, it takes them less than a minute to infect the phone.  No user interaction required!

3.  Does Apple Know about this?

The good guys have shared their findings with Apple. 

4.  How can you protect yourself?

For now, only purchase or use plugs that you know are from an official Apple store and are not 2nd or 3rd handed.

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The researchers share the summary of their upcoming speech here.

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