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Wireless attacks against devices are the holy grail for hackers, especially when it comes to devices that are known for their security – like the iPhone.
And that the items are slightly different from those Apple represents, a Google researcher found that she tried to "snatch" a copy of the iPhone from a distance.
Natalie Silvanovic, a Google security engineer, revealed that she was initially interested in attacks against the iPhone over reports of vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage messaging platform.
"When you look at public research, you don't have much information. There are people who suspect that bugs exist at all," she said.
The iPhone has really earned a reputation for being a secure device that runs on a platform without malware.
And iMessage is widely praised for using end-to-end encryption that protects users' messages and privacy.
But things changed when the FBI was able to unlock and break into an iPhone without Apple's help. This showed that there was certainly a bag available that the company did not know about.
Given the lack of information, Silvanovic and her colleagues decided not only to watch for bugs, but also to focus on those that could be exploited remotely without any interaction with the target and quickly.
In her research, she explored how an attacker could send information to targeted iPhones via SMS, MMS, iMessage and email.
"I was under the impression that everyone was talking about iMessage, that no one was looking for bugs elsewhere," she said.
At the end of the study, she identified 10 bugs and most were in iMessage services.
The problem was the parts of the code whose call would activate more resources. This increased the attack surface dramatically, as well as more and more things that could go wrong.
This survey is unlikely to affect Apple's reputation much, but it is a great warning that nothing is 100 percent certain.