Just days before Apple was set to release the highly anticipated iPhone 5, security researchers demonstrated a hack they said allowed them to pilfer the address book, photos, videos, and browsing history from the iPhone 4S.
The exploit—disclosed at a hacker contest that also successfully hijacked a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone running Google's Android operating system—works on a developer version of iOS 6, according to ZDNet. That means it likely works against the iPhone 5 that was scheduled for release on Friday. It also works against current versions of Apple's iPad and iPod Touch devices.
"We specifically chose this one because it was present in iOS 6 which means the new iPhone coming out will be vulnerable to this attack," Joost Pol, CEO of Certified Secure and one of the contest winners, told ZDNet's Ryan Naraine. The winner of a $30,000 prize at the mobile Pwn2Own contest, being held at the EUSecWest security conference in Amsterdam, went on to say that while he believes iPhones are the most secure smartphone on the market, "no one should be doing anything of value on their mobile phone."