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November 8, 2009

Inside Security News
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» iPhone: myPhone on lock-down

...and you thought you were the only person to have the privilege of locking your iPhones screen. Think again. Once again a stunt and proof of concept demonstrates that high tech. mobile devices can be manipulated and possibly locked down by malicious people, leaving the users at their mercy. In some cases even try to get you to part with your money. This was demonstrated with the iPhone 'Your iPhone's been hacked' stunt as reported [1] by Wired.

It appears that jailbroken iPhones have SSH and a default root password (if not changed), allowing full remote access to the phone. It is that easy. The users are lucky that the creator didn't start locking the devices as we have seen with ransomware (malware that requests ransom to decrypt data or unlock a pc).

I would not be surprised if Apple didn't try to use this problem to demonstrate to people that jailbreaking the iPhone will mean that you are taking avoidable risks and that you are not being protected to the fullest.

[1] Wired - Hacker holds Dutch iPhones for €5 ransom - http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-11/04/hacker-holds-dutch-iphones-for-€5-ransom.aspx

February 6, 2009

Funding Matters Weblog News
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» FP7 Event: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Event: Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities in Framework Programme 7

Venue: Cardiff University

Date: Tuesday 17th of March.

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm (A buffet lunch is available from 12.45pm onwards)


Ms Elizabeth Jones, the UK National Contact Point for the FP7 SSH from the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, will be joined by Mr Greg Dow from the UK Research Office in Brussels to deliver an information seminar on the funding opportunities for Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities in FP7 and to give advice on how to maximise chances of success.

The full programme, with details about registration, can be found here

The Cardiff University campus map (the venue for this event is no. 49) is available here

This is an open event for all interested researchers and administrators.

To register, contact: Mrs Sian Jones, Tel: (029) 2087 0171

(Please register by 10 March 2009)

If you wish to apply for FP7 or any other European funding, please contact the University of Glamorgan’s European Office for advice and assistance.