At the McAfee FOCUS conference in October of last year, members from McAfee Labs™ spoke about malware and other threats that affect security. One of the most popular events was when they brought an iPad on stage and did a live hack.
The researchers were able to remotely watch as a user accessed his email and even interacted with the device by accessing the iPad via an unprotected wireless Internet connection (like many of use in a café, airport or other public place).
The issue that made the iPad vulnerable has since patched, but the tools used in this hack were some that are also used to “jailbreak” a mobile phone or tablet.
Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple and the associated carriers on devices running the iOS operating system. A jailbroken iPhone or iPad breaks Apple’s security and allows users to download applications, some of…