This is a very very serious bug for iPhone that iPhone users must be wary of. Two European researchers have successfully hacked a fully patched iPhone and exfiltrated the device’s entire SMS database in 20 seconds.

According to ZDNet, Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf Philipp Weinmann exploited a previously unknown vulnerability and had the target iPhone visit a website containing malicious code. Both of them found the vulnerability and wrote the exploit. Once they put everything in place, the hack took just 20 seconds.

When the iPhone is hacked, any site that a user visits on their rigged site will grab the SMS database and upload it to a server they control. It gets worse than that. The exploit can even retrieve the user’s contact list, photographs and iTunes files.

ZDNet cites Weinmann as saying that there is a non-root user called mobile with certain user privileges in the iPhone Sandbox. With the exploit, the hacker can do anything that the user mobile can do. It is a scary scary bug that iPhone users have to be aware of. Imagine your contact list, photographs and all can be retrieved by hackers.

If your iPhone contains private scandalous photos, you may be in big trouble.

I had been using Google Chrome for Mac OS ever since it came out. Knowing it is just new, there are bound to be bugs here and there. There is one annoying bug that keeps hounding me and it happens in my WordPress blogs. I am not sure if it is related to Javascript or not but I am guessing it is not since sometimes when I press the Enter key to go to the next line, Chrome just crashes all of a sudden.

While the application still lacks some parts Javascript support, I am quite annoyed that I had to switch to Firefox in order to do something in my WordPress blogs. Tsk. Chrome is good, but severe bugs like this one that can cause annoying crashes should have been tested thoroughly.

I still use Chrome for my web tasks but it seems likely that I would have to be forced to use Firefox to even create a new post in my WordPress blogs. And no, I ain’t going to use Safari. 😛

This ain’t a computer bug but a real one. The video shows a mantis attacking a mouse cursor on the Macbook Pro’s screen. Source from Tom’s Hardware.

  • The praying mantis is real, but it is hungry enough to try to catch and eat the cursor. He had been in the house for four days – prowling for insects around the ceilings.
  • The mantis was patient enough that we were able to set up lighting – as long as we kept moving the mouse.
  • (Notice how he keeps one foot on the top of the screen. Earlier he had tried to come down further, but skidded on the surface, and from then was more cautious).
  • No insects, cursors or mice were harmed in the making of this movie. The mantis was returned to the wild.
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