updated 05:25 pm EST, Tue December 11, 2007
iPhone target of choice
The iPhone will be a major target for hackers in 2008, with attacks centered around the included Safari web browser, according to a prediction by Arbor Networks Security. The attacks will most likely be bits of malicious code that, when intertwined with benign digital material such as image files, could be capable of executing various harmful commands on the device. Arbor believes that the prospect of attacking Apple users and being among the first to hack a new platform are both big draws for malevolent hackers.
Apple's latest operating system has also come under fire lately, with a denial of service vulnerability being the latest, following closely on a multi-faceted Quicktime exploit. The exploit can open users machines to anything from surrender control of the machine to a remote user, to stealing virtual currency in Second Life – Linden dollars can be swapped for real-world money at a current ratio of L$266 to $1 USD.