A security firm has released a new app that promises to detect when your iPhone has been targeted by hackers, but there are caveats.
iPhone Hack- A few years ago, Dan Guido’s partner couldn’t log into her bank account via the bank’s official iPhone app. The app kept alerting her that her phone was not secure.
“Being a security guy, I freaked out,” said Guido, who is the founder of the cybersecurity research firm Trail of Bits.
The bank’s app, it turned out, was designed to detect iPhone hacks, but the detection code was buggy and “total garbage,” according to Guido. That’s when he and his colleagues decided to create a better tool to detect iPhone jailbreaks and hacks.
For years, there’s been no real way to know whether your iPhone had been hacked. Guido is hoping to change that.
The tool he made, called iVerify, is now on the iPhone App Store—one of the first ever apps that promises to catch iPhone hacks to be approved to be on the official App Store.
iPhones are widely believed to be some of the most secure devices one can get. But in the last few months, security researchers have shown the cracks on the iPhone’s garden walls. Over the summer, a Google researcher found 10 critical bugs in iMessage that would have allowed hackers to silently and stealthily take over an iPhone. Then, a few weeks later, Google revealed that hackers—reportedly working for the Chinese government—had been using unknown iPhone vulnerabilities to target the phones of Uighurs, a Muslim minority group in China that has faced arbitrary detentions and repression for years.