Apple iPhone Worm Hits Jailbroken Phones

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2009-12-28 Print this article Print

5. Apple iPhone Security Woes: Owners of jailbroken iPhones couldn't catch a break this year. It started with a Dutch teenager exploiting the fact that many jailbroken iPhones are running OpenSSH with a default root password. In the ensuing weeks, a worm and an attack tool popped up that also took advantage of the situation. To address this, users were advised to change their passwords-and to think carefully before jailbreaking their phone.

6. Hacktivists Stay Busy: There were a number of notable examples of hacktivism in 2009. From the recent attack on Twitter that redirected users to a site by the "Iranian Cyber Army" to a denial-of-service attack in August targeting a pro-Georgian blogger to a series of DDoS attacks against the United States and South Korea, hacktivists took the blame for a growing share of incidents this year.

7. Electric Grid Security Lights Out: Reports that foreign spies had allegedly penetrated the U.S. electric grid spawned a new level of public discourse on the security of the country's critical infrastructure. This conversation over securing the infrastructure got even more tense later in the year when it was alleged on "60 Minutes" that hackers had caused a blackout in Brazil. 

8. F-35 Fighter Plans Hijacked by Hackers: When the Wall Street Journal broke the story that hackers took advantage of network vulnerabilities to get their hands on data tied to the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project, it provided another example of cyber-threats facing the United States. Though the Pentagon did not officially answer many questions-such as the extent of the damage to the program and who was responsible-sources familiar with the situation reportedly told the Journal the fighter program had been repeatedly broken into.


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