Android Phones and iPhones Could Be Hacked with Replacement Screens

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While in most of the cases hackers turn to software infections to take control of a phone, it looks like it’s becoming easier to break into a device using special hardware that could, in the end, provide full access to a device just like a traditional piece of malware.

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered that both Android and Apple devices are vulnerable to attacks that could be carried using replacement parts, including screens, which could exploit vulnerabilities with malicious chips.

The demonstration has been made on a Nexus 6P and an LG G Pad 7.0 tablet using Synaptics and Atmel touchscreen controllers, respectively. In both cases, researchers disassembled the devices to access the copper pads and launch a chip-in-the-middle attacks.

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The chip, which the researchers manipulated in order to exploit vul… (read more)

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